Did you know that 1 in 6 children in the US goes hungry every day?
1 In 6 Children
The number of children in the United States who don’t know when their next meal will be.
The number of Americans who lived in food-insecure homes in 2015. As defined by theU.S. Department of Agriculture, these households face “the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally sufficient and safe foods, or the uncertain ability to acquire these foods in socially acceptable ways.”
The number of children who lived in food-insecure households in the U.S. in 2015.
The percentage of households in Mississippi that were food-insecure in 2015, the highest proportion of all U.S. states that year.
The percentage of households in North Dakota that were food-insecure in 2015, the lowest portion of all U.S. states that year.
70 Billion Pounds
The amount of food waste that is created in the U.S. every year ― up to 40 percent of all food. This amounts to about $165 billion of wasted food.
The number of people who could be adequately fed by the amount of food thrown away annually in the U.S.
The percentage of food-insecure children whose households earn too much to qualify for most of the federal nutrition-assistance programs. Instead, these families rely on charities and nonprofit organizations to put enough food on the table.
That's not okay with us. I doubt it is with you either.
So, now what?
At Lava Lunch we are dedicated to making sure children across the country have a Healthy Hot meal, everyday. .
What can we do about it? The next time you run errands, Share A Meal from your pantry: Stop by your local food bank to donate (though be sure to check beforehand what goods they’ll accept). Or, you can start a food drive of your own to raise awareness in your local community and create a positive ripple effect in your area. Last year I am proud to say that we donated to three different community food banks, and personally delivered meals to dozens of families in need.
But we want to do more. And here's where we need your help.
Here's one small thing that we can do together.... If you were planning on trying Lava Lunch, I'll match your purchase with a donation. For every Lava Lunch sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, we will donate Seven meals to Feeding America in your honor.
So now you can Do Good, by Eating Well - and know that when you are packing a delicious meal for your own family you are also feeding many more children than the ones who happen to be underfoot at the moment.
Please pass this on and share it with others so that we can make as large of a donation as possible!