Tired of salt in your morning coffee once a year on April Fool’s Day? Don’t want to worry about what pranks you’ll have to pull on your coworkers? Try something new this year!
Remember that on April 1, 2009, just like every other day of the year, people in our resource-wealthy country are hungry. Bloggers all across the country are uniting to post about April Food Day and raise awareness of food security issues. We’re asking that you make a donation to FamilyWorks, or to your local food bank. And instead of pranking your friends, families, and coworkers, please ask all of them to donate as well. Every dollar donated provides 7 meals, or 10 pounds of food! Thank you, and happy April Food Day!
Things to Consider:
- 1 in 8 Americans is hungry.
- 4 MILLION Americans receive assistance from Feeding America each WEEK!
- Children who are hungry have delayed social, emotional, and educational development.
- Millions of elderly Americans go to bed hungry every night!
- In December 2008, Food Stamp participation was 31,784,453 people, the highest participation level on record, and an increase of nearly 700,000 individuals from November 2008.
- All states reported increases in caseloads between December 2007 and December 2008. Ten states registered over-the-prior December percentage caseload increases above 20 percent: Idaho (30.4), Utah (29.8), Florida (28.7), Nevada (28.1), Arizona (24.3), Texas (24.1), Wisconsin (22.8), Maryland (22.0), Georgia (21.2), and Massachusetts (20.2).
- A food stamp recipient receives only 78 cents per meal, on average.
Stripey the Dog Now Rests Easily, Confident that Hungry Dogs will Be Fed
Looks like the vote went towards feeding hungry dogs. Thanks for your help convincing Sea-Tac to donate the dog food!
Needy Seattle area dogs receiving kibble windfall.
Sea-Tac Airport has dog food. They’ve been using it as fake luggage-weights. They’re now ready to get rid of it. They voted today on whether or not to donate the 12 TONS of near-expiration-date dog food to area food banks, which would in turn distribute it to local food banks (we hope FamilyWorks!). Given the overwhelming popularity of our post on the Oregon dog food bank (it is to-date one of our most popular posts), we thought we’d alert you to this vote that will decide the fate of the twelve, yes we repeat twelve TONS, of dog food that could be going to hungry, needy, sometimes homeless dogs. So comment away, on our blog, and let the airport know what you think. Alternatively, you can call Sea-Tac yourself and let them know how important this dog food can be for Seattle’s hungry pets. (By the way, above is a photo of Stripey, who’s always hungry, upset at the thought of other dogs going hungry.)
King 5 News Story Here .
Anyone have any thoughts on how to bring the Wienermobile to FamilyWorks? It visited Arizona’s first food bank (read the article by clicking on the photo), and while we realize we aren’t the *first* food bank, we do think we’re pretty neat. Plus, we even follow the Wienermobile on Twitter! We think having the Wienermobile appear at our front door, even if it hampers Metro’s # 16 and 44 buses and makes the traffic on 45th even worse, would be pretty cool. And a darn good fundraiser, too. So – how do we convince the ol’ dog to pay us a little visit? Suggestions welcome!
(We’re re-posting this in case you missed it the first time.)
So you want to have a dinner party? We thought you did. Sometime between now and the end of the 2009 calendar year, you are just dying to throw one (or many!) dinner party for a friend, a holiday, or yourself! Pledge to host a dinner party on this site, and – guess what? Stouffer’s will donate $5 to Feeding America to help fight childhood hunger! At this site, you can even download a host guide, invitations, a symbolic empty seat (for the hungry children you probably know but didn’t know were hungry), information, and even goodies for a little goody bag! Hey, if you don’t have someone to invite, chances are the staff and volunteers at FamilyWorks will come. Some of us are always hungry! (Just kidding. Mostly.)
Dine In To Fight Childhood Hunger.
A Vietnamese immigrant and avid volunteer gardener for Lettuce Link at the Cascade P-Patch, Dung Ahn “JoJo” Tran lost his bid for political asylum and stands to be deported. Lettuce Link, a program of Solid Ground, grows fresh produce and donates it to FamilyWorks Food Bank, among others. Community agencies including Lettuce Link, the Red Cross, and others, estimate that Tran has donated over 9000 hours of his time to community service through gardening, translating, and helping the elderly during his stay in the United States.
Local News | Supporters of Vietnamese immigrant in Seattle try to help him get asylum | Seattle Times Newspaper.
Plant an extra row of food in your garden. Donate it to your local food bank. Do something good for the environment, your community, and your heart. Click here to learn more and to take the pledge to help end hunger!
We took this poem (a spoof on Goodnight Moon) from Parenting.com, as we figured many of you (okay and some of us) could identify…. Be sure to check them out (click on the link or on the photo) to see other articles the e-zine has to offer.
Goodnight Mom – Parenting.com.
In the messy green
There was a telemarketer ringing the telephone
And a crying toddler
because his brother just popped his
And a picture of–The cow jumping over the moon (which someone colored on with permanent marker)
And there was a missing
teddy bear, and a girl with
gum in her hair
And one to be scolded
And laundry to be folded
And a very hungry spouse
And something stinky in the house
(that no one else seemed to smell)
And a comb and a brush and a colicky baby who just won’t shush
And a frazzled mommy screaming #*%#@
Goodnight messy room
Goodnight scribbled-on moon
Goodnight cow getting out while she can
Goodnight telemarketers and the
Goodnight long-gone teddy bear Goodnight cereal bar smeared all
over the dining room chair
And goodnight leaky sippy cup
Goodnight much-too-little house and goodnight grumpy spouse
Goodnight comb and goodnight brush
And goodnight to a certain 4-year-old who just needs to hush right now I mean it
Goodnight toys we’ll pick up tomorrow,
or the next day
Hello chardonnay and TiVo–
“me” time finally
Have you ever wondered the purpose of attending a baby playgroup? In addition to socialization (of both child and caregiver!), one of our playgroups focuses on strengthening various muscles to help babies learn specific skills. This group, Baby Play, was recently featured in the Seattle Early Childhood Parenting Examiner. You can find out more about our playgroups by clicking on the Playgroups tab, or read the full article by clicking on the photo…
Seattle Early Childhood Parenting Examiner: Help baby learn to crawl (among other things).