Below is some VERY worthwhile information I’m privileged to pass along to you. It’s a news release about an organization with, quite possibly, the most admirable goals of all organizations. What’s this goal, you ask? They want to end childhood hunger in America – but they need our help.
If the thought of a child in need brings as many tears to your eyes as it does mine, I know this will be something you’ll want to jump on board for.
I’ll be waiting for you!
Share Our Strength, one of the nation’s
leading organizations working to end childhood hunger in America, will
launch its fourth annual Great American Bake Sale campaign on May 19.
Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale is a national campaign
that mobilizes people of all ages to help end childhood hunger in
America by holding bake sales in their communities. Since 2003, the
campaign has raised over $3 million and engaged more than 1 million
people in baking, selling or buying goods.
“The Great American Bake Sale campaign provides a simple, exciting way
for people of all ages to join the fight to end childhood hunger in
America,” said Billy Shore, Share Our Strength’s founder and executive
director. “The campaign builds on the long American tradition of
holding bake sales as community fundraisers. By engaging everyone to
hold a bake sale, the Great American Bake Sale will help ensure that the
12.4 million American children at risk of hunger have the healthy,
nutritious foods they need to develop their full potential.”
The scientifically recognized consequences of hunger are both
devastating and lifelong: poorer overall health, reduced social and
psychological well-being, and lower academic achievement. Share Our
Strength’s Great American Bake Sale provides a fun and easy way for
individuals, families, businesses, students and organizations to make a
difference for those children at risk of hunger.
Funds raised through Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale are
granted to local organizations that work to increase participation by
low-income children in summer and after-school feeding programs and to
support nutrition education programs for low-income families. Funds will
be used to support such efforts as purchasing equipment and utensils to
serve children meals, covering the cost of opening additional meal
sites, hiring additional staff to serve children meals, or paying for
outreach that informs parents about the availability of summer meals and
after school snacks.
As part of a new, exclusive, multi-year charitable partnership with Food
Network, this year’s campaign will be supported by Food Network PSA’s
featuring network stars Rachael Ray, Sandra Lee and Tyler Florence. As
national television partner, Food Network will also feature an “In the
Kitchen” Bake Sale on May 19 during its popular daytime programming
block. The special bake sale will include shows like Paula’s Home
Cooking, hosted by Paula Deen, Tyler’s Ultimate featuring Tyler
Florence, and Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger.
As an extra incentive, this year’s top bake sale fundraiser will win a
trip for two to Food Network, tickets to a taping of Emeril Live!, and a
behind-the-scenes tour of the Food Network Kitchens, all to help end
childhood hunger in America.
Registration for Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale is free
and available at www.greatamericanbakesale.org.
About Share Our Strength
Since 1984, Share Our Strength has led the fight against hunger and
poverty by inspiring individuals and businesses to share their
strengths. Today, our priority is to end childhood hunger in America. By
raising funds to support the most effective community-based programs
that feed hungry children, partnering with organizations that pursue
long-term solutions, and helping families help themselves through
nutrition education programs, Share Our Strength will ensure that the
more than 12 million children at risk of hunger have access to the
nutritious food they need to learn, grow and thrive. For more
information, please visit www.strength.org.
May God bless, and richly reward, the efforts and those making them!