Child Hunger is STILL a Problem (but We Can Fix It!)

I'm thrilled to be partnering with The Motherhood to share this exciting news about ConAgra's Child Hunger Ends Here program. Opinions are my own.

My husband buys a ridiculous amount of pudding when it goes on sale. But this summer, each specially-marked pack helps feed a child in need (and I do love pudding.)
If you've read my blog for any significant length of time, you know that I am passionate about the issue of child hunger. I've partnered with ConAgra and their Child Hunger Ends Here project many of the last few years, and I follow their progress in working with our local communities here in Nebraska in helping make sure kids get fed.

This year, I've been able to help work with them again, to update my friends and readers on news in the battle against tiny tummies going empty at night.  It's truly a sad way for kids to spend their sleeping hours, and no little one should be asking for food and not getting it.

Did you know?
  • More than one in five children in the U.S., including more than one in four Latino children, may not know where their next meal is coming from. That’s nearly 16 million children, a number that could fill 8,000 playgrounds.
  • Children who experience even intermittent struggles with hunger may suffer serious, long-term consequences to their health, well-being and educational achievement. What’s more, being hungry robs kids of the promise of childhood – the ability to play, grow and learn.
While all this may make you sad, there is hope!  ConAgra Foods is partnering with P&G to get people involved and to donate up to 7 million meals through the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign.    (Yay!)

How can you help?

Just buy the ConAgra Foods and P&G products you already buy and locate the red pushpin and code on the packaging.  Then enter it at by the end of August (or enter it in the space on the left-hand side of my blog here), and the brands will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America, a nonprofit dedicated to putting food in the mouths of kids who need it!

As with most years, there is a celebrity partnership going on with this year's campaign.  Hunter Hayes (who we were blessed to see in concert not that long ago) is busy on his “We’re Not Invisible” tour -- which is sponsored by Child Hunger Ends Here. For every download of Hunter’s new single, “Invisible,” on iTunes, Child Hunger Ends Here will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to the nation’s leading hunger-relief charity, Feeding America, up to 1 million meals.

I know.. it's a LOT of news to take in.  To find all of it explained very well in one place, I encourage you to visit the official Facebook page, where you can see updates from the brands, charities, and Hunter, himself!  You can also follow the conversation on Twitter and Instagram @ChildHungerEnds.

Here's also a short video with a good explanation:

But wait!  There's more!

Child Hunger Ends Here is giving fans ages 14 and older the exciting opportunity to “Ask Hunter” a question about being a role model —and he may answer it personally! Just enter a code on for the chance to ask Hunter Hayes a question. Each month through August 2014, Hunter will personally answer one question (using the winner’s name!) about what it takes to be a role model and post the video to the Child Hunger Ends Here Facebook page.

Before you go...  Would you help us gauge awareness of child hunger in the U.S.?  By filling out this quick survey, you can make this program even better.  Your participation means a lot to me!