Thursday, April 2, 2009
At last count, we had 115 blogs who participated. Of course, these are just the ones we know about, and there may be many more out there that we don't know about. If you posted and your blog doesn't appear on the list on April Food Day, let me know, and we'll add it.
Bloggers who posted ranged from the traditional design/decor blogs to southern prep and hospitality blogs to the Blume Library's blog. We were mentioned on the weekly Food Chat on the Washington Post and on Dining @ Large in the Baltimore Sun, and on the Huffington Post. Bloggers in England, Scotland and France, as well as our neighbours to the north in Canada, all wrote about April Food Day. Some people just posted the logo and the links and others told personal stories of volunteering at food banks or having to use one.
Unfortunately, I don't know that we'll be able to find out how much bloggers donated, as there was no way to flag our donations. Also, some people linked to their local food banks for their readers. Regardless, I know that we all made an impact by raising both money and awareness.
Thank you very very much to each and every blogger who posted and to each and every person who made a contribution.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The feeding america site is: www.feedingamerica.org
The donation page is: https://secure2.convio.net/a2h/site/Donation2?idb=1375441249&df_id=1560&1560.donat ion=form1
Here's the logo:Here's one designed by Rosemary at Content in a Cottage. Thank you for helping.
- One in eight Americans are at risk for hunger?
- Four million Americans receive assistance from Feeding America each week?
- Children who are hungry have slower emotional, social and educational development?
- Millions of elderly Americans go to bed hungry every night?
It is so critical that those of us who are not in this position help those who are. So many people who never thought they would need food assistance are now asking for help from their local food bank. They have lost their jobs through the massive down-sizings and layoffs. They have exhausted all of their resources. Elderly people on fixed incomes are finding that costs are out-pacing their incomes.
First-time requests at food banks are at an all-time high, but the shelves are bare. Corporations and foundations have decreased their donations and individuals are so uncertain about their own finances, that their giving has slowed.
We are asking that you make a donation, even if it's just a dollar or two. It will help someone who may be less fortunate than you are.
Here's the link to Feeding America, an affiliation of more than 200 food banks across the country. Chances are that your local food bank is a part of this network.
We're all in this together, and that's the way we will come through it... together.
Please help today. The need is great and the time is now.
Thank you so very much.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
We're asking everyone to tell their readers to put April Food Day in the comment section if they make a donation to Feeding America, so they will be able to track donations and see what a difference we've made. Thanks for being a part of April Food Day!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
A weakened economy means that many more individuals are turning to SNAP/Food Stamps. Even before the latest economic crisis, more than 36.2 million people lived in U.S. households facing a constant struggle against hunger.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Everyday, the news is filled with the dire news about the current economic climate and a lot of us use the blogging community to take a break from the constant drumbeat. However, we can not ignore the fact that friends and family members, and even some blogger friends have lost their jobs because of the recession.
Former advertising executive and editor of Easy & Elegant Life, along with fundraising professional and editor of Pigtown*Design, have teamed up to create a blogger action day on April 1, 2009, which we are calling April Food Day – Bloggers Fighting Hunger. We are asking our fellow bloggers to create a post about this project and ask each of their readers to make a contribution to Feeding America (formerly Second Harvest), a national food bank with 200 member banks across the country.
People who never had a worry in the world now have to think about where their next meal is coming from. People who never would have dreamt that they would need help are now showing up at the local food banks. But when they get there, the shelves are bare. There is not enough food being donated to meet the sudden rise in demand. There is not enough money to buy the food for the food banks. There is not a general understanding that food banks need help to help fill their shelves.
Every dollar contributed provides seven meals or 10 pounds of food. A gift of $25 provides 75 meals. If we all post together and ask our readers to make a contribution on April 1, we can make a huge difference in our communities.
We would like you to help in a few easy ways:
- Send this or a similar letter to your friends with blogs and ask them to do the same.
- Write a post, and we can help you with copy if you need it, and publish it on March 31 or April 1, asking your readers to make a contribution to Feeding America. We will provide you with the direct link to Feeding America’s donation page.
- Provide a link to this blog, April Food Day and we will link back to your blog and to your post about the April Food Day.
We hope that you will help us help others. We know that this is a quick turn-around, but the need is great and the time is now.