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Project Sunlight: Shedding Light on Hunger in America

Child Hunger

Hunger isn’t just a problem of a far off land. After traveling around the world, I will be the first one to say there is immense hunger in developing parts of the world, but in reality, 1 in 5 children in America also go to bed hungry. Right here in America, 16 million children are struggling with hunger.

Can you believe that?

It’s hard to believe in a country where we have so much, there are children who don’t know where their next meal is going to come from. Hunger has no bounds and it can be found in rural, urban and suburban areas.

Unilever Project Sunlight is an initiative made to shed light on who the face of hunger is here in America because too often those little faces become invisible to us. The project encourages us to create a brighter future for our children by using less and sharing even more because together we can make a difference.

Watch this short documentary Going to Bed Hungry: The Changing Face of Child Hunger and share to shed light on the issue of child hunger in America and to inspire people to help.

We can join Project Sunlight, a growing movement of people who believe in the power of taking action. You can share a meal to help turn the tables on childhood hunger. Here are a few of the ways you can create an act of sunlight:

Check your Sunday newspaper on November 16th for the Unilever “You Buy One, We Give One” coupon offer. When you redeem the coupon, Unilever will donate one meal to Feeding America when you purchase a participating Unilever product. The offer runs from November 16–30, 2014.

I encourage you to visit the Project Sunlight website where you can read inspirational stories, different ways to enjoy life today while protecting our planet for future generations, more ideas on how you can share a meal and ultimately spread rays of sunlight around your community.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Unilever. The opinions and text are all mine.

Sharing A Sweet Future with Truvia®

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I have talked about the importance of knowing where our products come from and how companies can do extreme harm when trying to produce products for the lowest price in other countries without thinking of the men, women and children who they are affecting. That’s why I feature companies in my social good section who are doing good in the communities they operate, ultimately making the world a better place.

“Sharing a Sweet Future,” was launched by Truvia® in 2012 to help reduce childhood hunger in Bolivia and improve communities through better education, nutrition and safety.

In the communities where Truvia® operates nearly 40 percent of the Bolivian population are unable to afford adequate food for a healthy life and 65 percent of all rural households in Bolivia are unable to afford the minimum recommended caloric intake. Truvia® has an opportunity to make a positive impact.

  • Over a three-year period, nearly $1 million in contributions from the Truvia® business will have been used to help develop sustainable communities in Bolivia, a region of critical need with one of the highest rates of nutritional deficiencies in South America.
  • The Truvia partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme so far has helped to feed 49,075 Bolivian schoolchildren.
  • They provide support to producers to invest in education, healthcare, farm improvements, and technical assistance to increase yield and quality, thereby increasing income.

As you can see, Truvia® has done so much good in their partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme over the past few years and they want you to have a voice in helping choose the organization they partner with in 2015! Visit truvia.com/vote to vote for one of these organizations: Feeding America, Edible Schoolyard, Action for Healthy Kids, United Nations World Food Programme and Feed The Children.

Go vote! You can also visit Truvia® to view videos that share stories of children, families and farmers in Bolivia.

This is a sponsored post in partnership with One2One network and Truvia®. We appreciate your support of companies who do good in the world!

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.