When we started getting involved in hunger relief almost fifteen years ago, our first partner was Share Our Strength. There we encountered a large, vibrant community of folks who were passionate about ending hunger. When social media began emerging in the mid 2000’s,
we saw other communities come together online, and thought, “Wouldn’t it be tremendous if these digital tools could bring the hunger community together?” We started this blog in September 2007 for that very reason.
Today, we’re proud to say that our friends at Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry have one the best social media teams out there, doing an excellent job of growing their vibrant community and creating awareness for the issue of childhood hunger. It’s our great pleasure to sponsor their blogger network.
Last week, we had the privilege, along with the No Kid Hungry digital team, of hosting three members of the blogging network, in addition to two great northwest Arkansas bloggers at our corporate headquarters, to discuss how the blogger network can be made stronger and more robust. We had some excellent discussion.
Thanks so much to Becky Tarala, author of The Two Bite Club; Josi Del Papa, who pens The American Mama and Dawn McCoy, creator of Beauty Frosting (among other things). Also joining were Laurie Marshall of Junque Rethunque (among other things) and James Moore of busvlogger.
We got a chance to visit an after-school feeding program and a breakfast in the classroom program to see direct evidence of the work No Kid Hungry is doing in Arkansas. A big shoutout to Fayetteville Public Schools and Springdale Public Schools for many kids they’re feeding with these programs. We also got an excellent overview from Rachel Townsend, director of Cooking Matters for No Kid Hungry Arkansas, of the work they’re doing in the state.
It was good fun, good people, and lively, enlightening discussion. Check their blogs for some excellent content. And thanks to all for the energy and insights on how to make online communities work for No Kid Hungry.