Effective federal nutrition programs that provide nutritious food to families in need are still underutilized. 10 million eligible kids in this country are not receiving school breakfast. Only 1 of every 6 kids eligible for free summer meals actually gets them. That means 16.3 million kids who qualify for these meals don’t get them. Millions of Americans who are eligible for SNAP (food stamps) do not use the program.
Additionally, just a few dollars raised can make big differences in the lives of impoverished and hungry children:
- $25 Can help feed one child three healthy meals every day for a month.
- $50 Can help connect one child with healthy meals throughout the summer.
- $100 Can help provide 25 children facing hunger with backpacks full of healthy food to feed them and their families over the weekend.
- $200 Can help buy grocery bags of healthy foods for 50 families in need.
- $500 Can help reach twelve low-income families with a life-changing, six-week nutritious cooking and food budgeting course.
As I mentioned earlier, Tucson and Pima County have bizarre rules in place for selling food to the public. However, after some research it looks like the folks at the state level have provided a loophole for bake sales raising funds for churches or non-profits. So, it is legal to do so but you cannot serve any "potentially hazardous" food (I'm guessing things with raw, unpasteurized eggs would be out.) So let's give it a go!
If you're a Tucson Foodie and would like to join forces to wipe out childhood hunger, please drop by the Tucson Foodies Team page at the Great American Bake Sale and sign up to join the team or please contact me so we can put together a bake sale plan over the next month or two (before it gets too hot!) We already have supplies on the way, so it will just be a matter of coordinating a site for the sale and then the fun of baking!
If you're elsewhere and want to help out with childhood hunger, please read the press release from Duncan Hines below and sign up to host your own 1 Million Cupcake Challenge event!
MOUNTAIN LAKES, N.J. (April 11, 2011) - Duncan Hines® invites bakers across the country to join its 1 MILLION Cupcake Challenge to help end childhood hunger. Working with Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale®, Duncan Hines hopes to inspire passionate bakers with a national baking and fundraising movement.
Those who join the Duncan Hines 1 MILLION Cupcake Challenge and host an official Great American Bake Sale from April 11 through July 24 are eligible to win one of five grand prizes in the Duncan Hines 1 MILLION Cupcake Challenge Sweepstakes. Each grand prize includes a three-day/two-night trip for two to Los Angeles including Fans in the Stands seats on the Red Carpet of the 63rd Primetime Emmy® Awards on Sept. 18, 2011. Duncan Hines is the official dessert sponsor of the 63rd Primetime Emmy® Awards Governors Ball.
Another way to win and support ending childhood hunger with Share Our Strength is through Duncan Hines Double Donations. Duncan Hines is committed to raising up to an additional $100,000 in funds for Share Our Strength through a matching donations program. From the week of April 11 through the week of July 18 Duncan Hines will match the funds received from the top fundraising Great American Bake Sale team each week (Monday-Sunday, up to $5,500 per week until July 24, 2011). The highest individual or team fundraiser each week will also receive a 6-Piece Commercial II Non-Stick Essential Bakeware Set and Bake Sale Winged Pan from Great American Bake Sale exclusive bakeware sponsor Chicago Metallic™ and a Duncan Hines gift pack. The winning bake sale of the week will be determined each Thursday following the applicable week for the duration of the campaign (final announcement July 28, 2011).
"The Duncan Hines 1 MILLION Cupcake Challenge adds an element of fun and friendly competition for avid and weekend bakers joining this year's Great American Bake Sale," said Amy Crowell, Great American Bake Sale's director. "Each cupcake sold at $1 will help connect hungry children to up to 10 healthy meals and gets us closer to fulfilling our mission of no kid hungry by 2015."
Consumers can join the Duncan Hines 1 MILLION Cupcake Challenge to help end childhood hunger in three easy steps outlined on www.duncanhines.com/cupcakechallenge:
Step 1:Sign-up to host a Great American Bake Sale and join the Duncan Hines team.
Step 2: Bake with Duncan Hines and Enter for a Chance to Win the Duncan Hines 1 MILLION Cupcake Challenge Sweepstakes. Bake Duncan Hines cupcakes and other delicious Duncan Hines desserts to sell at your Great American Bake Sale. Send box bottoms with bar codes from Duncan Hines® Cake, Brownie, Muffin Mix, Cookie Mix or Frosting along with entrant's name, mailing address, phone number, email and date of birth to:
Duncan Hines "1 MILLION Cupcake Challenge"c/o USSC625 Panorama Trail (Suite 2100)Rochester, NY 14625.
Each box bottom sent in earns an additional entry. See official rules for details.
Step 3: Double Donations with Duncan Hines. Follow the directions at greatamericanbakesale.org to send in funds raised from your bake sale. Duncan Hines will match the top fundraising Great American Bake Sale team's donations each week with a matching donation to Share Our Strength (Monday-Sunday, up to $5,500 per week until July 24, 2011). The highest individual or team fundraiser each week will receive additional prizes from Chicago Metallic™ and Duncan Hines, as described above.
Duncan Hines will help make hosting a Great American Bake Sale easy and delicious. Receive exclusive access to recipes, baking tips and coupons by joining the Duncan Hines Bakers Club. Get baking today and join the Duncan Hines 1 MILLION Cupcake Challenge at www.duncanhines.com/cupcakechallenge.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. PURCHASE WON'T INCREASE CHANCES OF WINNING. SWEEPSTAKES BEGINS ON 04/11/11 & ENDS ON 07/25/11. See Official Rules available at www.duncanhines.com/cupcakechallenge for complete details & entry instructions. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Pinnacle Foods Group LLC.