No child should go hungry in America, yet 1 in 4 U.S. kids don't know where their next meal will come from.
Food Bloggers Against Hunger was created in response to the new documentary from Participant Media, A Place at the Table. On April 8, 2013, food bloggers donated their posts to raise awareness about the film, issues of hunger, and ask their readers to send letters to Congress to protect SNAP funding and make anti-hunger legislation a priority.
Tom Colicchio shared Anne Coleman's post when he met with 40 members of Congress on April 9th.Representative Jim McGovern tweeted about the work we were doing. The New York Times, Huffington Post, and Civil Eats took notice. And when policies begin to change (and they will), over the coming months, and this issue continues to remain in the spotlight, you will know that you had something to do with it.
Representatives like John Matheson (UT) have responded to your letters: "While I firmly believe that we all need to make tough decisions and share in the sacrifice to reduce our federal deficit, I do not support balancing the budget on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens."
250 bloggers wrote posts to raise awareness about hunger in America
These posts received a total of 150,000 page views
Readers sent 2,400 letters to Congress requesting support for anti-hunger legislation
These posts received 3,094 Facebook likes, 1,911 tweets, 16,478 pins on Pinterest, and 6,800 Stumbles
HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR BLOG POSTS
"Today, food bloggers across the country are writing about food insecurity. This is not to be confused with foodie insecurity, the worry that your salted caramel bacon doughnut on a stick isn’t photogenic enough for your Pinterest followers." -Plant & Plate
"Far too many people understand what true hunger is, to not have enough to eat, to feel the twisting agony of real hunger as they lay in the dark night; to open cupboards, the refrigerator and see nothing for sustenance or thirst." -Kate in the Kitchen
"I am angry that we are a nation of great wealth, and people are going hungry. I am angry that those people are not given the appropriate tools to eat a nutritious diet. I am angry that obesity and hunger are relatives. But, I am also inspired. I am inspired by people who give a damn!" -Corbin in the Dell
"I feel sickened to my core when I think what it must be like for moms who have to watch their children suffer the pangs of hunger, who have to tell their kids that she’s sorry but there’s just not anything for breakfast today." -Em-i-lis
"The real tragedy of food allergies and food insecurity is that families may take risks with their children's well being." -The Allergic Kid