A Family Dinner Invitation

Family Dinner Forward

This post represents a compensated editorial partnership with The Family Dinner Project. Narrative and commentary are my own. My family has been rescued by a family dinner. Multiple times and in multiple ways we have been saved by an invitation. I remember the neighbors in Florida who invited us over for Thanksgiving. They didn’t even flinch when ...

add this to your back to school list

Add Other Families to Your Back to School List

Yesterday my mom forwarded an e-mail with coupons for school supplies and it hit me: I should probably get serious and focused about school shopping! W starts kindergarten in a month and we are both incredibly excited but I haven't done my job in keeping up with the logistics. Does he need a specific kind ...

Let’s have another talk about food stamps.

Map the Gap: no state is immune to hunger

I've done a lot of talking in a lot of other places about hunger related causes. I have been fired up and emotional. I have jumped out of my chair in panels and cried with people who have pulled me into hallways to share their own personal stories of survival and poverty. I just haven't been ...

Below the line and dangling

Below the Line: the challenge

If you follow me on Twitter you have probably seen my recent musings about Below the Line. I wrote about it on Babble last week when it was announced that Ben Affleck was going to lend his star power to this poverty awareness campaign. I am participating in Below the Line's challenge with other women ...

A Place at the Table

A Place at the Table opens in theaters and OnDemand today

Can watching one movie change the world? The creators of A Place at the Table think so. It's difficult to create a film about the hunger crisis that includes scary statistics about nutrition and obesity and make it motivational and compelling. Earlier this week when filmmakers, Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush appeared on Jon Stewart's Daily Show. ...

Food Stamps for Pets

Pet Food Stamps

When my family was on food stamps we were lucky. We were able to use that benefit to put food in our pantry and feed ourselves. However food stamps are, quite obviously, just for food. So all of the other items that a family might stock up on at the grocery store are not covered. ...