As it is Food Week here on the Hulu Blog, we think it’s important to recognize that food goes beyond tasty recipes and mouth-watering cooking clips. While many of us look forward to mom’s secret stuffing at Thanksgiving and the warm holiday-themed drinks at our local coffee shop, it can be easy to forget those that go hungry during the holidays—particularly children. Hulu is proud to support Share Our Strength, a national non-profit aiming to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. Through their No Kid Hungry campaign, SOS is making great strides to ensure that every child has a warm, nutritious meal this holiday season. We caught up with Share Our Strength, and found out what they are up to this holiday season.
Hulu: As we approach the holiday season, many are looking forward to hearty family dinners and special holiday treats. Can you tell me a little bit about the No Kid Hungry Campaign and what you are doing this holiday season to ensure that all children in America get to experience this holiday joy?
Share Our Strength: Share Our Strength connects kids with food where they live, learn, and play. Through our No Kid Hungry campaign we create powerful coalitions of local hunger groups, government and corporate leaders, education leaders, and others. These partnerships then work to make sure kids who are at risk of hunger have access to the food they need. Also, through our Cooking Matters program, we teach families how to cook healthy meals on their tight budgets. This year, for example, volunteer chefs for Cooking Matters developed affordable (and delicious!) holiday-themed recipes that can help families avoid extra financial stress so they can focus on relaxing and celebrating with loved ones. (To check out these affordable and festive recipes, visit cookingmatters.org.)
Hulu: What are the biggest challenges that Share Our Strength faces?
SOS: Our biggest challenge is the sheer scope of need in this country right now. Ongoing high unemployment coupled with rising food and gas prices means more and more families today are struggling just to make ends meet. Last year, one in five kids in America struggled with hunger. With the level of need in the U.S. so high, our challenge is to continue to fight to make sure kids have access to the healthy food they need.
Hulu: What is your one holiday wish this year?
SOS: Our holiday wish this year is the wish we have year-round: A nation where every child gets the food they need to live healthy, productive lives every day. In short, a No Kid Hungry country. Here’s a way people can help.