No Kid Hungry

Many chefs, cooks, and food writers are enthusiastic about tasting new dishes, creating new recipes, or exploring new restaurants. So it’s not often that we think about not being able to eat or that there are people in the U.S. that are hungry. During the recent IFBC conference in Portland, I learned that 1 in 5 children are hungry in America and that the No Kid Hungry campaign is helping fight that epidemic. This post is dedicated to that cause.

Why are 16 million children hungry? Part of the problem is that many families struggle with feeding their children because of unreliable access to healthy and affordable food. One solution is to create effective nutrition programs that provide children with meals at school. Another is to educate and empower parents so that they can also provide healthy meals at home. To support these solutions you can make a donation or dine out a a restaurant near you that is participating in this campaign.

One restaurant that is participating in the No Kid Hungry campaign is Romano’s Macaroni Grill, who will be donating $50 to help connect a child to 500 meals for every post like this one. You can also dine at one of their locations and make a donation throughout the month of September. The No Kid Hungry campaign offers additional ways for you to take action.

Since Macaroni Grill specializes in Italian cuisine, I am including links to two posts on Pisco Trail that involve my favorite Italian tradition in Peru: enjoying Panettone for the holidays.

I can’t imagine growing up without Panettone, and just the same it’s hard to fathom that there are 16 million children in America that are hungry. But thanks to the No Kid Hungry campaign, it doesn’t have to be that way — act now and help end child hunger in America.