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End Child Hunger #LetKidsBeKids

Child hunger does happen in the United States.

In Oklahoma, it is estimated that 300,000 children may be left without a stable source of nutrition during the summer months when school is out.

Fortunately, some of the schools here in Iowa provide free lunches during the summer to make sure the students who receive free lunches at school will continue to be well-fed.  Many people don’t realize that despite all of the great organizations we have here in the United States, children are still going hungry.

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This is why Feed The Children is piloting The Oklahoma Summer Food and Education Program.

You may already know Feed The Children as one of the world’s leading anti-hunger organizations, but they are back with a new look and a renewed commitment to making sure no child goes to bed hungry. I’m here to tell you of the organization’s new commitment of leading by example, starting with their pilot program in Oklahoma to end child hunger.

In partnership with the USDA Food and Nutrition Services, kids in Oklahoma will:

  • Have Access To More Meals: Feed The Children will provide 115,000 meals, many of which can be brought home.
  • Nourishing Bodies and Minds: At 11 sites, Feed the Children will provide books and educational resources including school supplies for the school year.

Part of the issue of child hunger, is to figure out why kids are still going hungry. Feed the Children will also conduct studies to figure out why some low-income families send their children for meals and some do not. To end this issue, we need to empower families, unite forces with other like-minded organizations and build a new generation of partners and advocates to help eradicate child hunger.

Join us in the fight to end hunger with a tweet-up on July 9th, from 1-2pm est on the hashtag #LetKidsBeKids No organization can tackle the issue of child hunger alone. We need your help!

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Feed The Children.

JOLLY TIME Pop Corn Kernels of Kindness™

JOLLY TIME Pop Corn is celebrating 100 years! In honor of their birthday, JOLLY TIME Pop Corn is celebrating with Kernels of Kindness™. What better way to celebrate then by giving back? One hundred $1,000 grants will be awarded to people and organizations around the country who bring joy, happiness and kindness to their communities. If you didn’t know the definition of the word Jolly, here it is:

jol·ly

adjective
  1. happy and cheerful. synonyms: cheerful, happy, cheery, good-humored, jovial, merry, sunny, joyful, joyous, lighthearted, in high spirits, bubbly, exuberant, ebullient, gleeful, mirthful, genial, affable, fun-loving; (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

So I can think of no better way to celebrate a company that radiates joy not only in their name, but what they have become for many families: a happy and joyful time spent together.

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Our family is a great example with our 12 1/2 lb. container of Jolly Time Pop Corn (and we go through several of these a year)! My kids literally (and I mean literally) jump for joy when we have popcorn.

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On behalf of JOLLY TIME Pop Corn, head on over to Kernels of Kindness™ and nominate someone who is also bringing joy and happiness in their own community. They could be one of the one hundred people receiving grants for their good deeds or charitable work.

I will be nominating my sister, Meagan, who currently runs The Grace House. The Grace House is a home for pregnant girls and young moms who lived in the Ghanaian markets. Her hope is to give them the tools to care for their young family by themselves. Meagan has lived in Ghana for almost two years now and brings joy wherever she goes. She truly loves Ghana and the people and I admire the selfless acts she does everyday.

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You also get the chance to win $50 of JOLLY TIME Pop Corn goodies and a $100 Amazon gift card. I’m sure that will bring you a little joy and happiness :) Enter below in the Rafflecopter form.
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I was given a gift card in exchange for this post by Momdot Media, but I love to talk about companies that give back to their communities in my “do good” section.

#StyleForJustice

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I have always had the heart for social good and mission trips, especially overseas. Knowing that others didn’t have access to clean water, kids were literally starving and women were doing everything they could to care for their families, but were still not being able to provide because of the lack of opportunity available to them, was heartbreaking to me, even as a child.

While adopting, I realized the importance of helping families stay together. I knew then, that my involvement in adoption was for a greater purpose: to not only parent and love my children, but to somehow help keep families together.

By providing clean water and medicine, deaths are reduced. By providing jobs and educational opportunities, men and women are able to support their families. All of these things combined, not only reduce deaths and improve quality of life, they prevent the reasons why children become orphaned in the first place.

When I first heard of Noonday Collection, I knew it was something special. I quickly became an ambassador ready to take on the world with the beautiful jewelry and awesome mission. I thought God was telling me to “Go for it!” I soon realized my limitations when trying to juggle a Noonday business, adopting two children and running my blog. My blog has been an additional income for the last six years for our family and what helped us financially during the adoption process. It has been a blessing.

I now feel God was actually whispering to me all along, that I should be using my time and talents to turn my blog, my platform I already had established, into something for good. Now I promote social good businesses and campaigns (especially Noonday!) on my blog and share the mission with many more people than I could have ever reached before while trying to juggle everything.

I would be honored and privileged to be able to be on the Noonday #StyleForJustice Story Team, travel to Rwanda, and use my platform for good- What God was telling me to do all along.

Please take the time to vote for me here. It takes a minute to load and you have to scroll to the bottom to vote. Thank you for your support and time :) You can also go to the main page and look for the photo of my three kiddos to vote!

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