Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Rachel Ray launched Yum-O! in 2006 to help empower kids and their families develope a healthy relationship with food and cooking. The non-profit organization focuses on three key steps: Cook, Feed, Fund.

According to the Yum-O website Rachel Ray had this to say about the Cook part of the program, “We want to get parents and kids cooking healthier breakfasts, lunches, lunchboxes and dinners and we want to make food fun, fast and affordable for American families. Our goal is to get great recipes out there and to listen to parents’ and kids’ concerns about health and nutrition, and what their kids are eating both at school and at home. We want to get people really excited about getting food into our kids. The challenge I’ve heard from a lot of parents is that it’s a time and a finance issue. They just don’t really believe they can make good food fast, but they can by taking help from the store. It’s just a matter of getting information and recipes out there so that kids can learn to cook for themselves and help Mom and Dad get dinner on the table.”

Once the “Cook” part of the program is learned, explored (interactive web items help!), and utilized, the focus turns to Feed and Fund. “Feed” is all about feeding the hungry. Yum-O’s partnership with Share Our Strength (SOS) helps to raise awareness about the hunger issues in the U.S. and works to complete special projects that address the issue of hunger in America. The “Fund” part of Yum-O! focuses on giving back via education and scholarship programs.

Learn more about eating healthy right at home by checking out Rachel Ray’s Yum-O!

Bringing equality, protection, health and education services to children is what UNICEF is all about. The United Nation’s Children’s Fund is a global movement for children and the advocacy of children all over the world. With the help of national committees, country programmes, the help of volunteers and generous donations, UNICEF works to provide educational tools to children, prevent the spread of diseases like HIV/AIDs and malaria, and provides emergency humanitarian assistance during natural and man-made disasters.

UNICEF advocates for children about topics pertaining to nutrition, exercise, life skills, education, health, and so much more. They are a leader in providing care and help for children who have been abused, abandoned and become refugee’s from war ravaged countries. UNICEF gives these children a voice.

To learn more about what UNICEF has done, is doing, and will be doing in the future visit unicef.org.

Clothes Off Our Back is an organization which hosts celebrity clothing auctions in order to raise money for various children’s charities. Hundreds of celebrities donate clothing, accessories, jewelry and much more every year.

A few of the celebrities to donate to Clothes Off Our Back include:

Rapper, 50 Cent- He donated an autographed bowl and an autographed sketch of his hand. Proceeds from both auctions went to Feeding America and Lending a Hand to LIFEbeat.

Singer, Ashlee Simpson- She donated a custom designed corset made by Fredricks of Hollywood and an autographed pair of used jeans to raised money for America’s Second Harvest, The Art of Elysium, World Education and autism research.

Singer and Philanthropist, Annie Lennox- She donated an autographed bowl to raise money for Feeding America.

Actor, Blair Underwood- He donated his Golden Globe tie and shirt, an autographed book, autographed posters, and an autographed dinner plate to benefit Feeding America (formerly named America’s Second Harvest), The Art of Elysium, Hope North and H.E.L.P. Malawi.

Actress, Christina Ricci- She donated a silk Dolce & Gabbana gown that she wore to the 2007 40th Annual Grammy Awards. The proceeds went to America’s Second Harvest, The Art of Elysium, World Education and autism research.

You can go to Clothes Off Our Back and view the celebrity participants list to see a full list of the wonderful celebrities who have donated to raise money for such wonderful causes.

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Feeding the Future of America

“Hunger Doesn’t Take Weekends Off”- That phrase says it all. Hunger is real. It is happening in our backyard, at our neighbor’s house, and in places far away. For many, hunger is a real threat. Children are often the ones who suffer. Blessings in a Backpack is a non-profit organization that helps feed children in 32 U.S. states, Canada, Columbia and Haiti.

The Blessings in a Backpack program helps families who “qualify for the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal program, and have little to no food on the weekends.” Each student who qualifies is given a backpack on Friday when leaving school. This backpack is filled with food, often staple foods that require little to no preparation, for the child and his/her family on the weekend. The child then returns the backpack to school the following Monday and is ready to learn.

Blessings in a Backpack is a discreet program for children whose families cannot afford to buy food. According to the organizations website, an $80 can support one child throughout one full school year and provide food for them on the weekends. Some of the foods that can be found in the backpack include peanut butter, cereal, pop-tarts, juice boxes and instant noodles.

Visit Blessings in a Backpack- Feeding the Future of America to find out about local backpack programs in your area.

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Matt Damon Helps Fight Hunger

Posted: December 16, 2010 in Charity, Food, Hunger

Matt Damon, actor and academy award winner, is trying to make an impact in the war against hunger. He has recently been a part of a public service announcement where he portrays a man named Steve. Steve happens to be a real man with a real family (a wife and two kids) who is facing the realities of being jobless for the past two years.

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Good Samaritans Feeding Chillicothe and Ross County
Along with fellow freelance writers on Associated Content, I recently took on a challenge to bring awareness to the growing problem of hunger in the U.S. as unemployment rates continue to skyrocket. For my pledge, I bought extra groceries on my last trip to town so that I could donate to a local food pantry in Chillicothe, Ohio.

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Homelessness and hunger are problems throughout the world. Bloomington is no different. When thinking about Bloomington, most only think of IU’s impressive campus, but the homeless and hungry are there as well; however, even though it is not in the forefront, there are several services available in Bloomington there to help the needy.

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