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Children Should Not Go Hungry!

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As I watched my husband scrape the kids’ leftovers into the trash can after dinner the other night, I had two thoughts. The first was how lucky I was to have a husband who voluntarily cleared the table. And the other was how much food goes to waste in America.

We think nothing of tossing half-eaten grilled cheese sandwiches and pushed-around-the plate pieces of broccoli. It would never occur to us to finish the sandwich for a snack or add the vegetables to the next morning’s omelets. We should, I know we should. But we don’t. 

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The more I thought about it, the more disturbed I got. With the holidays right around the corner, everyone is consumed with consuming food, and huge quantities of it. In my family alone talk is already turning to Thanksgiving.

“Who’s bringing the sweet potatoes?”

“We need pumpkin pie, apple pie, AND pecan pie.”

“Let’s have both green bean casserole and candied carrots this year.”

And then as soon as Thanksgiving is over, we continue to be food-obsessed all the way through New Year’s.

I know my family and I know they won’t give up the huge holiday dinners filled with more food than relatives. But I knew there had to be a way to turn all the over-consumption into a life lesson for my kids.

I found the perfect way to do it. Unilever Project Sunlight paints a picture of child hunger that our kids can understand. For instance, 16 million children in the United States don’t get enough food. What does that mean? How many kids is that? It’s enough to fill 18,000 school buses and 223 football stadiums!

There is inspiration and stories on how you and your family can help -- like the documentary about real families facing hunger in America. There’s also all kinds of ideas on ProjectSunlight.us on how to make a difference -- check out #shareameal on Twitter to see the impact so far.

Let’s work together to create a world where our children can be happy, healthy, and hunger-free. Get involved and “Share a Meal” and I bet you’ll end up sharing more than food. You’ll share your heart. And that makes all the difference in the world.  

 

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