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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Child Hunger Ends Here Twitter Party 3/19

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It's time again for the ConAgra and Feeding America Child Hunger Ends Here campaign!

There a few ways that you can get involved in the effort to End Hunger!

But first! Join ConAgra Foods, Feeding America and NBC on March 19 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. to 7p.m. Central) for a conversation (Twitter Chat) about a devastating issue facing our country – child hunger.

Moderated by NBC with special guests from ConAgra Foods and Feeding America the Twitter chat will be an informative discussion about child hunger, its lasting effect on children and ways you and others can help ensure Child Hunger Ends Here!

A series of prizes will be awarded through out the hour-long event for participation.

The Twitter Chat coincides with the premiere of “Child Hunger Ends Here: A Special Report,” a 30-minute special, hosted by Al Roker with Natalie Morales. The special will air in select markets. Check your local listings for show times.

Be sure to follow the hashtag #ChildHungerEndsHere on Saturday March 19th from 6 - 7 pm to get involved!

You can also go to the Facebook Event Site to let them know that you will be attending!

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Unknown said...

My MKE Mommy,

Thanks for sharing :)

Feeding America

Anonymous said...

Though it's great that NBC is bringing the issue of the childhood hunger epidemic to their viewers' attention it brings up the question of why didn't NBC ask what needed to be asked at the end of the program and instead pretend like people donating $10 or $15 to some food bank is going to accomplish much of anything? NBC carefully avoided the hard questions that the hunger epidemic in America raises.

For instance why is it that in the so-called richest country in the world this is even an issue? More to the point, why don't we have a government that cares about people who AREN'T business owners, you know, the average working people in this country struggling to make ends meet and who couldn't dream of having enough money to buy a brand new car let alone open their own business so they can exploit OTHERS? In other words, why don't we have a government that mandates a federal minimum wage that (gasp!) a person can actually afford to LIVE on? Because $7.25/hour is so far out of touch with reality as to be comical if it weren't causing so much starvation and misery. Nobody anywhere in this country, not even in dirt-poor Alabama, can afford to support himself let alone raise a family on $7.25/hour. Yet businesses don't legally have to pay their workers a penny more than this rate (with the few exceptions being a handful of states where the minimum wage is actually slightly higher than this, for example a still-laughable $8/hour.) Google "living wage calculator" to see what the living wage is in your area. In no place in the U.S. is a living wage below $12-something/hour for a single man with no kids. How about a government that has enough guts to tell business owners large and small that they will now start paying their workers a living wage? That if they want to keep their business license they will have to pay their employees at least $12-something an hour with the new minimum wage pegged to inflation so that if the dollar loses for example 10% of its value next year then the workers' wages go up by 10% to compensate?

That would be the beginning of making America into something worth actually being proud of instead of being a byword among nations and a glaring example of how NOT to run a country. Because as it stands now the U.S. is a sick joke played on every single one of us who wasn't born into a billionaire family. It's the land of opportunity, but only if you already HAVE opportunities, only if you already ARE wealthy whereas it's nothing but the land of wage slavery for the rest of us not fortunate enough to be born with a silver spoon up our rear end.

Let's dispense with the bandaids on arterial bleeding which is what do-nothing "solutions" like asking people for $10 or $15 donations for food banks amount to and start eliminating the REASON working people have to rely on food banks in the first place.


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