Operation No Kid Hungry

The numbers are staggering. Child hunger in America, a land of seeming opportunity and plenty, is on the rise.

Yet there are ways to make a difference, whether you are a culinary student or a food lover, a food professional or a career changer, who wishes to combine a passion for food and helping others, particularly children in need.

Share Our Strength has launched a new campaign to raise funds to help end childhood hunger in response to President Obama’s call to action to end childhood hunger by 2015. Called “Operation No Kid Hungry,” the organization has partnered with AT&T to offer some ways to reduce and end this insidious issue.

The easiest and fastest way to participate is to Donate by Texting. From now until March 1, wireless phone users, including AT&T customers, can donate $5 to Share Our Strength by simply texting the word “SHARE” to 20222 on their mobile device*. AT&T will match text donations for a total contribution up to $100,000.

Donations from the text program will help provide food for the 12.4 million children at risk of hunger in America and will help address the recent increase in demand for food aid across the nation.

Other ways to take action can be found at SOS’s website. The suggestions can take place over a weekend by becoming a Chef on a Bike, running a food drive or spreading the word to others. Ending child hunger takes more than just funding. It takes awareness.

Or, you can follow in the paw-like steps of Cat Cora. Known for her nerves of steel in Iron Chef America competitions, Chef Cat also is the president and founder of Chefs for Humanity, a group of culinary professionals working to fight hunger, provide food nutrition education, emergency food relief when the need arises and humanitarian aid worldwide.

Perhaps your wish to give back is more in line with award-winning chef/restaurateur Mario Batali‘s thinking–simultaneously, giving locally and globally. He has devoted time and effort to two causes, Food Bank For New York City and Earthlab. For he has said, “Spreading joy, keeping people happy and satisfying needs can’t always be done inside of a restaurant.”

It is difficult to face, let alone stomach, the facts on child hunger. If we all do what we can, if we all get involved and stop waiting for someone else to do it, we can actually make a difference.

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