Share Our Strength will debut a new curriculum for its Coins for Kids program in March that may “make change” in the way students learn about money. Aleta Greer, an elementary school teacher with the Alpine (Calif.) School District near San Diego, created the program last winter. The idea was to mesh identifying coins with the community service requirement of [...]
Jackie Price plans to be a chef someday. For now, she’s just a hero. A senior at Magruder High School in Rockville, Md., Price started her own Great American Bake Sale effort at the age of 13. Four years later, she’s raised nearly $15,000 and is a four-time nominee for Share Our Strength’s GABS Leadership Award. If those efforts weren’t [...]
“There are places in America that I think of as hinges of hope. They encompass despair but also promise. These challenging, seemingly intractable conditions have attracted amazing people who have committed their lives to ameliorating them. They represent some of our nations’ toughest and most stubborn problems and if we can make a difference there, we should be able to [...]
Together we’re going to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. How can I be so confident in our ability to defeat a problem as complex and widespread as childhood hunger in America?
Arkansas—our home state—ranks 11th in the U.S. among states for total agricultural production. Lots of food produced here. Yet according to the USDA’s Economic Research Service, it ranks #1—worst—among states with the highest percentage of children at risk of hunger. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe thinks it’s time something is done to erase that paradox. That’s why he was [...]
I originally put this post up last February. As we near the end of the school year, it’s important to consider just how important school lunch is to the nutritional needs of some kids. And what is going to happen in a few weeks when summer vacation begins. By Ed Nicholson photo by eyeliam–Creative Commons A colleague of mine [...]
Participants in the WeCanEndThis Cause Lab By Ed Nicholson On Monday, I had the privilege of sitting in on the first WeCanEndThis Cause Lab, a day-long think tank at the annual South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, focused on arriving at new solutions to the problem of hunger in the U.S. Big vision guy, Scott Henderson conceived [...]
By Ed Nicholson Share Our Strength has received some tremendous support from the Food Network in the past couple of years, not the least of which is their bringing on Aaron McCargo, Jr. (also known as "Big Daddy") as a celebrity supporter of Share Our Strength programs. The great thing about Aaron McCargo, Jr. is that he’s simply not a paid shill for the cause (and there are [...]
photo courtesy of Share Our Strength By Ed Nicholson For the next few days, I’ll be attending the annual Share Our Strength Conference of Leaders in Our Nation’s Capital. It’s the ninth such conference I’ve attended since Tyson formally committed to the fight against hunger in 2000. This year marks Share Our Strength’s 25th anniversary, so the conference [...]
By Ed Nicholson We all compete for something. For those of us in the corporate world, the competition is open and visible. For those in the non-profit world, it’s often for donors, grants, resources and share of mind. What would happen if those of us involved in hunger dropped our guards and supported what our "competitors" are doing [...]
Here’s a powerful, very short video produced for Share Our Strength by iStrategyLabs. There are 12.4 million children at risk of hunger in America. Learn how you can help at http://strength.org/numbers Art direction/design/story: Zach Goodwin. Animation: Brock Boyts. Music: Project ULTRA (Richard Thies & Nick Ross).
Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand. Chinese proverb Day of Service at Capitol Area Food Bank, DC By Ed Nicholson Hunger is a complex issue. Most people don’t really understand it. We’re told about it. We’re rarely shown hunger (how many of us actually recognize it when [...]
By Ed Nicholson One of our goals with this site is to be a positive force in helping bring the discussion of hunger online, creating awareness for the issue and those instrumental in the fight against hunger. When we came to the issue nine years ago, we found a lively discussion already occurring among a passionate community of those involved [...]
By Ed Nicholson Last week I posted an entry about the power of storytelling in conveying ideas. I’d like to continue that theme this week. Billy Shore, founder and executive director of Share Our Strength, is probably responsible for recruiting more evangelists to the issue of hunger than any other one person on earth. He’s one of those [...]
We’ve been focusing this space during the last few Fridays on talking about kids who depend on school lunch programs for their primary nutrition. Many of these children are in dire risk of going hungry from Friday lunch until Monday. This week, we’ve been recruited to be part of an exciting effort, focused on South by Southwest, the Pledge to [...]