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Map The Meal Gap #HungerFreeSummer

In the beginning of July I posted about the hunger-free summer initiative by ConAgra foods to benefit Feeding America. By simply watching this video featuring Hunger-Free supporter, actor Chris O’Donnell, until the end, ConAgra will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America. To date, the video has more than 103,000 views which equals 103,000 meals! Watch below to help donate a meal to a child in need and raise that number!

Why is the summer time important? 21.5 million kids rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year, but when school is out for the summer it means they may be at risk of hunger. Only 2.3 million children participate in the Summer Food Service Program.

Sometimes we don’t know issues exist in our own backyard. You can “map the meal gap,” and find out specific information about your local city like the percentage of child food insecurity and how many kids are eligible for food nutrition programs. I mapped my state, Iowa, and was surprised by the findings. Overall, Iowa has 395,620 food-insecure people. What does food insecurity mean?

Food insecurity refers to the USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.

Map your city. You may be surprised by the data.

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Visit Childhungerendshere.com for more information on child hunger and what you can do to help. What’s great about this campaign is that it is so easy and everyone can do it. Just watch the video above!! By donating five minutes of your time, you are in turn donating 1 meal to a child. You can make a difference!

Edy’s Limited Edition Flavors & Why They Are a #ReasontoSmile

Did you know the month of July is National Ice Cream Month? And coming up on July 21st it is National Ice Cream Day? What better way to celebrate than by trying out Edy’s Limited Edition flavors! Not to be too indulgent, Edy’s Slow Churned Ice Cream has all the taste and 1/2 the fat (with 1/2 the fat and 1/3 fewer calories than regular ice cream).

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Take the Cake,” is a scrumptious yellow cake-flavored ice cream with a frosting swirl and sprinkles. What’s better than the combo of cake + ice cream?!

German Chocolate Cake Spectacular!” Another cake + ice cream combo, but for those chocolate lovers. Chocolate ice cream with a caramel coconut swirl and brownie pieces.

Sunny Salted Caramel Pretzel,” Sweet and salty hits the spot. This flavor is a Vanilla ice cream with a salted caramel swirl and pretzel pieces!

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Colton is usually a plain vanilla type of guy, so he was pretty apprehensive about these new flavors. He quickly found a favorite in the “Take the Cake,” flavor. For me, there’s no better combo than chocolate ice cream and brownies so my favorite is the “German Chocolate Cake Spectacular.”

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I love posting about companies that give back and like last year, Edy’s is partnering once again with Operation Smile. Operation Smile is an amazing international children’s medical charity that provides safe and effective reconstructive surgeries for children with facial deformaties such as cleft lip and palate.

This year, Edy’s will donate up to $125,000 to Operation Smile providing 500 children with reconstructive life-changing surgeries. Go visit Edy’s Facebook page to participate in the Reason To Smile campaign! Every two weeks they will post instructions like this- with likes and shares adding up to donated dollars!

As a bonus, comment on this post to be intered to win free Edy’s ice cream!

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This post is brought to you by Edy’s and The Motherhood. I was provided with product coupons and compensated for my time, but all opinions are mine.

Make It A Hunger-Free Summer

I talk a lot about Africa and the immense poverty and hunger there, but I also have grown up volunteering and supporting local organizations. I think it is important to teach children the importance of using your time, talent, and resources to help those truly in need. That is also why I have been using my resource – my blog- for good, by supporting companies that give back as well as their campaigns that do good in this world. This post is brought to you by ConAgra Foods and The Motherhood in support of a hunger-free summer.

Why is the summer time important? 21.5 million kids rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year, but when school is out for the summer it means they may be at risk of hunger. Only 2.3 million children participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). That number is low compared to the school year because of low awareness, a lack of transportation, or the limited availability of summer meal programs.

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This is the fourth year of ConAgra’s Hunger-Free Summer program and since the beginning they have supported the delivery of more than 2.5 million meals and snacks to children struggling with hunger over the summer. This summer, 29 food banks in 20 states will use Hunger-Free Summer grants – ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 – to overcome barriers and step up and help fill the gap for children in need.

How can you help?

By simply watching this video featuring Hunger-Free supporter, actor Chris O’Donnell, until the end, ConAgra will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America. Don’t forget to share with your family, friends and social media followers!

Use a few simple minutes of your time to give a meal to a child in need to take steps to make this summer a hunger-free summer.