It’s very moving for me to watch, here in America we’re seeing childhood hunger growing numbers. For me I guess it’s a little more personal, I used to live in Seminole County and taught in Orange County when I was a beginning teacher. I even went to college in Orlando at the Early Childhood program at the University of Central Floirda. I will never forget the day when our class was to go around to each of the local homeless shelters downtown that were available for families to visit the children. They wanted us to understand that many of our children might be homeless and hungry in your classrooms and how much it will affect their success rates in school and life. It was a life changing event for me.
In a society where test scores seem to drive the curriculum and instruction, it breaks my heart to see that we’re missing the bigger picture of humanity with our children. There is no reason why a child should ever go hungry in the United States of America, one of the most generous nations in the world. Year after year as I taught I would have students in my classrooms that I knew did not receive what they needed at home. I would take from my own personal pocket snacks from home to feed my students just becuase I knew dinner might not be there that afternoon when they got home. I’d make sure they were there to receive breakfast each morning, instead of arriving late at school. Unfortunately, I never had to make sure that ate their school lunch, they were the first ones done most times. Children cannot learn if their basic needs are not being met. So what can we do?
This week for our Snapshots of Parenting with Purpose I discovered a group of Moms who are working towards a solution. They are GOING ORANGE. Have you seen the orange images showing up all over facebook? On websites? Want to join and raise awareness? Click HERE to add your own Moms Fighting Hunger Button to your facebook page
Moms are joining forces to make a difference in a group calledMoms Fighting Hunger. They’re helping bring attention to the Go Orange for No Kid Hungry campaign that is sponsored by Share Our Strength. Share our Strength is a national organization working to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. They weave together a net of community groups, activists and food programs to catch every at-risk child. Their motto is that…
I think that it is important to see that these parents involved in Moms Fighting Hunger are teaching their children to care for others and to see the needs of others. Stacey at Kids Stuff World even created this adorable video of how they created soup can pictures and delivered them. You can create a Go Orange Bucket List inspired at The Long Road, Start your own Kids Helping Kids Food Drive by Childhood Beckons, Create adorable Pictures to go onto of cans you donate by Curly Birds or by reading Books about Hunger by Mia at Pragmatic Mom to help educator our children.
Be a voice for hungry children