Thursday, May 31, 2012

Don't let hunger ruin summer



Swimming, eating popsicles and roasting s’mores over a campfire.

Those are just a few things I think of when I imagine what summer is like for a kid. It’s an exciting time of the year when kids can run free and play. But for millions of kids, summer doesn’t mean fun and games. For these kids, summer means going hungry.

It doesn’t have to be that way — and we need your support to change it.

When schools close their doors for the summer, many children who rely on free or reduced price meal programs are facing a long summer of missed meals. When they don’t have enough food to eat or the right kind of food, they return to school in the fall worse off than when they left.

The good news is that the No Kid Hungry Summer Meals campaign is working to connect these kids to the nutritious meals they need to lead healthy and active lives this summer and beyond. But the need is great — right now we’re supporting summer meals programs all across the country. I know we can do better and we have to — for the sake of those kids counting on you and me.

Every dollar you donate today will be matched by the Arby’s Foundation, up to $100,000. Your donation of $50 becomes $100, $100 becomes $200, and $250 becomes $500. This means, with the Arby’s Foundation’s support, we can connect kids in need with up to 2 million meals!

With you by our side, I know we can beat childhood hunger once and for all. Thanks so much for your support.

Sincerely,




Jeff Bridges
National Spokesperson for No Kid Hungry



P.S. This summer, Share Our Strength staffers will be visiting more than a dozen sites across as many states to raise awareness about childhood hunger and local resources, working side-by-side with partners in the community to connect hungry children with summer meals programs in their towns. They promise to keep us posted — please donate today to support their work and stay tuned for updates on their progress.

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