Showing posts from February, 2014

Writers! Taking Care of Your Own is Not Enough.

I was a firm believer in the need to care for your own before you care for someone else. Then, I started on my campaign to write about hunger, and learned more than I set out to learn. One in every eight people on earth go to bed hungry! To me that number is almost inconceivable. I don't know why it is so shocking. World hunger organizations have been trying to stem the tide for decades. For years, I have seen images like this:                                    
But it wasn't until I read Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier that I decided to expand my horizons from America to the world. This is a book about how one goat changed the life of a hungry family--and especially the life of one little girl--in Uganda and ended their hunger. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Heifer Project International (a group, I wholeheartedly support), but my question for all the authors, writers, and would-be writers out there is simple: Why are you not helping to spread the word on hunger? …

Five Ways You Can Help End Hunger in America

No one wants to see a child go hungry. Yet 1 out of 5 kids in America has no idea where their next meal will come from or even when it will come. We can all help end child hunger by getting involved. Here are five ways you can help.Support your local food bank. Next time you go to the grocery store, buy an extra can of vegetables, or soup, or a box of oatmeal, dry milk, or even a box of macaroni. The cost to you is less than $1.00, but when you combine your donation with those given by others, kids get dinner, or breakfast, or lunch. And, do this regularly. Don't be a one-time wonder. Be a every time giver.Make sure your school district offers free or reduced breakfasts and/or lunches. This will enable kids who have no option a chance to eat before school. Sometimes this is the only meal they can count on. Think Meals on Wheels as an example. It's a great organization feeding the elderly, sick, and disabled. Why not do the same for kids?Volunteer to help serve meals at your l…

Helping Hungry Kids: The Sunshine Division

Old Mother Hubbard Remember the nursery rhyme about a woman who couldn't find a bone for her dog? Here is a revised version: Old Mother Hubbard Went to her cupboard, To find food for her children to dine; She was worried how they would fare Because her cupboard was bare, Then a police officer brought a box from Sunshine.
     As I have stated in a previous blog, I have first hand knowledge of what it is like to be hungry and discover that the family cupboards were bare. What you don't know is that it started when I was six. My mother, a single parent in the 1950s, with four hungry mouths to feed, sanded cars for a living, and that meant our cupboard was bare--often.       However, through the hunger years, there were a few wonderful organizations that recognized that hunger was a problem in America and set out to do something about it. Since I lived in Portland, Oregon when I was six, he organization that came to our rescue on more than one occasion was The Sunshine Division …

Six Kid's Books on Hunger

Finding books that discuss hunger for kids was challenging this week, but I needed them for researching my "Oliver's Hunger Dragon" Picture Book. I found several, but the six below were ones I enjoyed. Hope you do too.Kids Against Hunger by Jon Mikkelsen: This was one of the few books I found for the 6-10 group, and it was written specifically for the Kids Against Hunger Campaign. Two boys want to know why a team mate is not at every practice. They set out to find out why, and end up helping in the fight against hunger themselves.
One Hen by Katie Smith Milway: I loved this book. It demonstrates how one small thing, like a hen, can lift a person, a family, and a community out of poverty.
Seven Hungry Babies by Candace Fleming: Again not on hunger explicitly, but it shows how a mother bird struggles to feed her seven hungry chicks. It would be easy to use this book to start a family discussion on how hard it is to provide for a family, and why some kids do not have enough …