We're moving into the holiday season. The months filled with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas usually mean lots of fun and celebrations focused around food. We have treats and trick-or-treat candy for Halloween, huge family dinners for Thanksgiving, and all sorts of delicious traditional food creations for the December holidays. But for many children in our country, the holiday season is not filled with an overabundance of food. In fact, entire days throughout the course of the year are marked by the scarcity of food.
Hunger is a real problem in our country. There are 16 million children struggling with hunger. To put that into perspective, that’s the entire populations of Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago combined. But this isn't just a city problem. Hungry children are found in urban, suburban and rural areas. 1 in 5 American children don't know where there next meal is coming from. ONE in FIVE! That statistic is staggering. That means these hungry children are all around us and they aren't always easy to identify.
Take a look at this video. It's an original documentary titled Going to Bed Hungry: The Changing Face of Child Hunger. WARNING: You may want to grab a tissue before you start watching. I needed one.
To help shine a light on what hunger in America looks like today, Unilever Project Sunlight is focusing their efforts on child hunger this fall and encouraging people to get involved. There are so many ways that you can play a part in helping to end child hunger, whether it's getting involved with your local food bank or making contributions online. And just by talking about the issue and sharing information you'll help to spread the word about child hunger and encourage others to join in the fight to end it. You can start by sharing the video above. I have made it easy with this retweetable link:
— Chrysa Duran (@ThriftyJinxy) October 13, 2014
To learn more about how to get involved, visit www.ProjectSunlight.us.