Archive for the ‘Hunger’ 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!

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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.

ShelterBox is there when disaster strikes to provide emergency shelters and lifesaving supplies. The International disaster relief charity that provides big, green boxes to those who have been victims of natural disasters such as when the monstrous earthquake hit Japan over six weeks ago.

Inside these green boxes are practical and urgently needed equipment. Each box contains one disaster relief tent that holds up to 10 people, a children’s pack (crayons, pens, coloring books), blankets, sheets, gloves, malaria nets, water purification systems, a tool kit (for self sufficiency), and a stove (wood burning or multi-fuel). The boxes are adapted to address the victims in different areas of the world affected by different disasters. Those experiencing devastation after a tsunami may not be affected in the same way as those who have experienced an earthquake’s devastation.

Learn how you can get involved and help ShelterBox. Check out their Young ShelterBox area too for Scouts and Teachers.

Can you imagine a place that exists where an entire group of people are systematically and deliberately destroyed based on their ethnicity, race, religion or nationality? One would think that after the Holocaust that genocide would no longer be an issue. It still is but the group behind the Not on Our Watch Project is attempting to stop the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan and beyond.

Genocide was legally defined by the United Nations in 1948 as, “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”

The Not On Our Watch Project was created by Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, David Pressman and Jerry Weintraub to offer lifesaving humanitarian assistance to the vulnerable, marginalized and displaced. The group is also committed to stopping the mass atrocities of genocide still being carried out all over the world and to giving the voice to the victims of such crimes.

One of the biggest projects that Not On Our Watch focused on was creating the DigitalGlobe and Satellite Sentinel Project which uses satellite imagery to track, document and monitor the violence happening in the Sudan in real-time.

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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