More than 36 million Americans — including 12.4 million children — don’t have access to enough healthy food to thrive. That means one in every six kids in the U.S. don't know where their next meal is coming from. Can you believe that? In this country — where we spend countless hours arguing about health care and unemployment and the latest cut on American Idol — there are kids who go to bed without enough food in their bellies.

That makes me sad. And mad.

So I was really glad to come across Share Our Strength — a group that is taking the problem of hunger in America seriously and is actively seeking ways to get food into the hands and mouths of those who need it. According to Share Our Strength, kids who don't get enough to eat are more likely to suffer:

  • Weaker immune systems
  • More stomachaches
  • Headaches
  • Colds
  • Ear infections
  • Fatigue
  • More hospitalizations
  • Behavioral difficulties
  • Impaired performance in school-academically, athletically and socially
And a whole host of other lifelong consequences that affect their future and the overall health of our country. Summer can be especially rough on children as many families are faced with the added financial burden of childcare costs. Share Our Strength has the ambitious goal of ending childhood hunger by 2015, and they've made it really easy for everyone to get involved. Check out their website to learn about the volunteer opportunities in your area and to make a difference right now, just Text "SHARE" to 20222 to donate $5 to support Share Our Strength and end childhood hunger.

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Share Our Strength
Hunger is a real problem in the U.S. Learn how you can help put an end to it.