April Food Day!

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.
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3 Comments

Filed under Advocacy, Food Bank, Fundraisers, Hunger & Food Security, Poverty

3 responses to “April Food Day!

  1. John Piedre

    This film is about the hunger and poverty brought about by Globalization. There are 10,000 people dying everyday due to hunger and malnutrition. This short film shows a forgotten portion of the society. The people who live on the refuse of men to survive. What is inspiring is the hope and spirituality that never left this people.

    http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/1081/Chicken-a-la-Carte

    • Hi, John, Thanks for your comment! We posted the film on our home page – be sure to check it out. It speaks for itself. If you see other interesting things, please don’t hesitate to send them our way – and thanks for reading!

  2. Lauren… thank you so much for posting and joining the crowd! I’ve posted your link on our blog.

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