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 … Continue reading A Family Dinner Invitation
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 … Continue reading add this to your back to school list
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 … Continue reading Let’s have another talk about food stamps.
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 … Continue reading Below the line and dangling
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 … Continue reading A Place at the Table
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. … Continue reading Food Stamps for Pets
Thank you to everyone who checked out information from Feeding America about how to be involved in stopping hunger in America. If you haven't checked out the number of people in your state struggling with hunger I encourage you to investigate. Seeing the number will shock you. The good news is that together we can … Continue reading Together we can be kind
1,850,140. That is how many people are currently struggling with hunger in my state. Where do you live? Do you know how many of your neighbors are hungry? It's THOUSANDS. And it is overwhelming. You want to help. You want to be in involved. But how? Feeding America has started a month-long campaign. Every week … Continue reading Join the movement with me
When my family was on public assistance we often ate breakfast for supper, but seldom ate breakfast for breakfast. I actually skipped it most mornings in an effort to make the items in our pantry stretch, and most especially so that W would always, always, always have food. Now breakfast is our favorite meal of … Continue reading Did you eat breakfast today?
According to the amazing 'Map the Gap' resource on Feeding America's site, 13.5% of the residents of New Jersey are considered "Food Insecure". This is a number that is growing to include the number of people who, as a result of Hurricane Sandy, are now homeless or have endured a great financial loss. People who … Continue reading Before and After are the Same