No kid should dread the weekend

by Ed Nicholson

Note: I’ve decided to go back and repost some things from years past that are still timely.   This one originally posted in June of 2010.  It remains relevant as we approach the end of the school year. Ed

As I post this on Friday afternoon, tens of thousands of kids at risk of hunger around the country are being sent home from school with backpacks full of food thanks to innovative programs such as the one Janet Kniffin, Chief Development Officer for the Connecticut Foodbank, describes in the video above.  Were it not for these programs, many would go hungry over the weekend, since school lunches are their primary source of nutrition.

Soon school will be out for the summer.  What happens then?  Many communities have solutions.  Many don’t. 

Do your local schools have backpack programs?  If so, what happens during the summer?

“I don’t want you to think I’m a bad mother.”

By Ed Nicholson

Just getting back from a great trip to Connecticut, where we made  WeCanEndThis donations to the Connecticut Food Bank and to Hartford’s Foodshare.  

It was a great trip in many ways: Traveling with my friend Scott Henderson; getting to see Tim Cipriano, passionate hunger fighter and Share Our Strength supporter,  who also runs what might be the most progressive school lunch program in the nation for the New Haven School District;  meeting great folks like Nancy Carrington, Gladys Alcedo and all the folks at CFB, and Gloria McAdam, Amanda Renna and all the folks at Foodshare; going to Wednesday evening’s Taste of the Nation New Haven event at Yale’s Woolsey Hall (wow!). 

One of the most inspiring things about visiting foodbanks is meeting and talking with the people who make it happen every day for hunger in their communities.  I try to get interviews with foodbank E.D./CEOs when I go out.  Which brings me to the title of this post.

Nancy Carrington, who’s been with the Connecticut Food Bank for 26 years, was particularly articulate about the work of the food bank, hunger in her community and misplaced stereotypes of hungry people.  She related a story about  a single mom she’d met at a soup kitchen, who provides a great example for us of how hunger is affecting people in our own neighborhoods.  The story starts right before the 3 minute mark in the video above.

Do you have any stories like this?  I’d like to hear them.