This opinion piece is brought to you by Denny’s. I am a brand ambassador for #DennysDiners, and all opinions are my own.
I know many of you stand with No Kid Hungry, and what they’re working for, but the work isn’t done yet. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 1 out of every 5 children in America is living without enough access to food. That doesn’t sound like a terrible statistic, right? What if I told you 1 in 5 actually meant 16 million children. Suddenly the impact seems a lot closer to what reflects reality, and a lot closer to home.
I have spent a lot of time contemplating this issue because it has been tougher than normal to understand the way it makes me feel. The best way to explain it, especially after doing independent research and learning more, is simply heartbroken.
I sit and imagine my daughter, and how many friends she can name off the top of her head. If I had to guess, she would easily name 10-15 if not more. Three of the children in my daughter’s life who she feels is important enough to remember aren’t getting the food they need to be healthy.
A closer look: What does childhood hunger look like?
Here is what the hunger statistics look like here in my state of California.
What shocks me the most is only 53% of kids who qualify for free/reduced lunches are also receiving school breakfasts. Breakfast has always had it’s enormous benefits, and I could only imagine trying to go through my day with my mind functioning on what feels like fog.
A better look into the importance of breakfast can be seen in the following infographic, a definite improvement above ‘it feels like fog.‘
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It definitely sparks a need for change. To see the specific statistics for your state, visit dennysnokidhungry.com.
Denny’s joins No Kid Hungry
For the fifth year in a row, Denny’s has launched its fundraising efforts for No Kid Hungry. In the past years, they have donated $2.3 million (23 million meals,) and hope to make an even bigger impact this year.
You can help. Now through October 3rd, after a $3 donation, guests will receive $9 worth of coupons for diner favorites. Redeemable at participating locations. Donations can also be made online at dennysnokidhungry.com. Denny’s restaurants will also be decorated in orange (the color representative of No Kid Hungry) to show the depth of their support for this issue.
Another fun aspect for myself and fellow Denny’s Diner bloggers is our own unique fundraising link for the cause.
All of us care so deeply about this cause and want to do our part to provide meals where they are needed the most. Your help is extremely important! Visit my fundraising page (where you can also view the rest of the Denny’s team!) and pass it on to somebody you know.