Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Share your breakfast with a child in need

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Everyone knows the importance of eating breakfast: It gives you energy, helps you focus, and reduces your hunger later in the day. But imagine waking up every morning not knowing if there will be food in the house to eat. Not knowing when your next meal will be, trying to ignore your grumbling tummy all day, worrying about going to bed with an empty stomach. 

This is the case for many children across the nation-- at least 15 percent (or 17.4 million) households are food-insecure, according to the USDA. Thus meaning the food is just not there

And no matter who's to blame for these situations, the ones that have no say (yet are impacted the most) are the children. Children that are starving and can't do anything about it. 

I'm sure you've heard of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs-- the idea that before you can focus on anything else (safety, esteem, relationships, intellectual advancement, personal growth), you must have your physiological needs met, including food and water. Anyone that has tried to concentrate in class on an empty stomach can attest to this truth. So imagine these children trying to make it through a simple school day. Not so simple with  massive hunger pains. 

Thankfully, Kellogg's is doing this amazing thing. In order to help children in need, they are asking you to share your breakfast-- simply by uploading a picture or describing it here

For every description written, they will donate a breakfast meal to a hungry child. They have a goal of one million meals by the start of the 2011-2012 school year. How wonderful is that?

And really, it can't get much easier for us food-secure people to help those in need. So start eating and start sharing


Kyle said...

this is so cool!
great idea, everyone should do it, it is easy!

Kyle said...

I will have to try and make this a habit every morning since I love having breakfast!