I’m one of those people. I see a documentary, get excited about the cause, swear I’m going to do something to help, and then move on to the next item on my to do list and forget to spread the word about the issue. Not this time…
Thanks to Hunger Free Colorado, I had the opportunity to preview the documentary, “A Place at the Table,” which opened nationwide on March 1. It was alarming to learn that while the United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, 50 million Americans do not know where their next meal is coming from.
As someone who is passionate about healthy eating and active living, the real eye opener for me was the link between food insecurity (hunger) and childhood obesity. But when you stop to think about it, it makes perfect sense. Children who don’t have access to food – especially healthy food – are likely to eat unhealthy food without proper nutrients. And the childhood obesity rates in the U.S. are alarming! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: more than one third of American children and adolescents in 2010 were overweight or obese. Something has to be done to stop this epidemic.
My first step is sharing this information with you. I also took the No Kid Hungry pledge. If you want to help, please utilize the National Action Center powered by Share Our Strength to find ways to get involved in your own community. They provide three simple ways to find out how to help end hunger:
• Call: 855-48TABLE
• Visit: takepart.com/table
• Text: FOOD to 77177
Note: Hunger Free Colorado and Share Our Strength are GroundFloor Media clients, and we’re proud to partner with them to help spread the word about the important work that they do.
~ Ramonna Robinson