I spend a lot of time thinking (and writing) about how to get healthier, tastier foods into our kids. But I am ashamed to say that in the past I have spared little thought for those who may be concerned with an even more serious problem – just getting food for their kids. Period. Full stop. I was ignorant when I walked through the doors of the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas that night in April. I had no concept of how many of my fellow Texans were affected by hunger and then to learn that such a large percentage of them were children – 1 in 4 kids in Texas is food insecure! I knew I had to do something. And I wasn’t alone – so many in our nascent alliance have participated in this, AFBA’s first philanthropic project. Each week we’ve posted recipes to maximize SNAP benefits, we’ve spread the word about the facts of hunger in Texas and how everyday Texans can make a difference, some of us even interviewed SNAP participants to put a real face on hunger in Texas. For me, it was a life-changing experience – one that has re-shaped my passion for food and incited in me a new passion, for bringing an end to hunger in our country. Since the challenge began, my family and I have re-focused our personal philanthropic goals and I hope that the posts on The Kid Can Cook have encouraged others to do the same. Who knew blogging about food could change your life?
– Michelle Fandrich of TheKidCanCook.blogspot.com