Hunger Doesn’t Take A Summer Vacation

Summer has officially arrived in The Dose of Reality households, and we are feeling the effects daily. So far the kids (and moms) have had jammies days and played multiple games of Sorry and/or X Box 360. The children have also eaten endless snacks and meals. Every time we stop to catch our breath someone asks for a sandwich or heads to the pantry.

Needless to say, we were beyond honored when we were asked by the ConAgra Foods Foundation to join with them and the amazing actor Chris O’Donnell to bring awareness to their Child Hunger Ends Here campaign.

Hello Chris. Why, yes, we did love tweeting with you! And also, when celebrities help support good causes, we swoon.

Hello Chris. Why, yes, we did love tweeting with you! And also, when celebrities help support good causes, we swoon.

As you probably already know from your own experience, access to school lunches is extremely helpful. After all, when it is summer time that duty falls back onto your shoulders, which means more dishes, more grocery shopping, and more times that you are making a meal. What we all probably forget, though, is the MILLIONS of children for whom school lunch is the one meal they can count on eating each day.

What happens to those children in the summer? That option goes away. Can you imagine the dread you would feel knowing that for 3 months you had to scramble and hope you were able to come up with food for your child? And this doesn’t happen to just a few little ones. This is the reality for 21.5 million children. Yes, that’s 21.5 million. And only 2.3 million of those have access to the free summer lunch program.


We can all help, though. And we can all do it with one click of the mouse and 90 seconds of our time. Want to know how?

If you click on this link and watch the video, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will provide money to local food banks to cover the cost of a meal for a child.

One viewing=one child not going hungry this summer.

Should you be inclined to share the video, you can help feed more than one child.

Because, EACH TIME the video is viewed, a child is fed. It is really that easy to make a difference. So, please don’t click away today without watching the video.

No child should go hungry simply because it is summer.

  • This post is brought to you by ConAgra Foods and The Motherhood, and we’ve been compensated for our time. However, all opinions, references to snacks and swooning over Chris O’Donnell are our own.




Hunger Doesn’t Take A Summer Vacation — 68 Comments

  1. Our local school has a program throughout the summer where any kid, age 1 – 18, can go to the school and get a free lunch, Monday – Friday. It’s great! It’s not just PBJ either. They do hot lunch a few times a week, too. This program sounds wonderful, too! Will be passing the word along! 🙂

    • The school I work for does this also, as well as providing breakfast, and offers adult meals for $2. It is so hard to think about these kids going hungry just because school is out.

      • Absolutely fantastic programs! Love knowing that there are things out there like this. Thank you both so much for sharing! 🙂

  2. No idea who Chris O’Donnell is but I’d take a life size cut out of him!

    That’s an awful lot of children just here in the US suffering. Happy to watch the video.

  3. The scariest part is that it’s in our communities… not off in some far away country. In my district, we collect bookbags to send home food for the weekends with the kids who otherwise, would not eat. They depend on the school for breakfast and lunch. What will they do this summer?? It breaks my heart. I’m so glad you are sharing this message. I’m watching and sharing and sharing.

    • Exactly. That is what we find so scary/sad as well. This is happening all over our communities…and we can all do something to help. We genuinely appreciate you sharing and watching! Thank you! 🙂

    • Thank you so much Lisa. We really appreciate it. You know better than anyone just how much this issue matters.

  4. Love you even more for doing this because I know you would have done this even without Chris asking you for a steamy favor. Did you happen to ask if he had any steamy favors for me? Really. I’m serious. I’m all about favors. 😉 Nice job!

    • HA HA HA Stacey! If only I had his number so I could call and ask him! 😉 Seriously, though, you are right…we would have done it even without Chris’ asking…we genuinely believe in this cause. 🙂

  5. OK, I will give a click and watch it for sure. Although, seems like we used to have a federal government that wasn’t so cheap and screwed up and actually wanted to feed the poor.
    I liked your caption on the photo, funny. I think Chris owes you now, maybe movie premier tickets?

    • Good point! Thank you for clicking and watching…we really appreciate it! 🙂
      And he totally owes us tickets or something, right?! 😉

  6. Watched and shared!

    And, hello there cutie patootie Chris O’Donnell! I certainly didn’t mind seeing you on my computer screen.

    You know ladies, you don’t have to bribe with me with such awesome eye candy to do a good deed. I’ll do it just because I’m all about good causes.

    But, if you’ll excuse me, I need to scroll back up for a little bit…

    • LOL Kristen! We knew that you would do a good deed just because we asked, but eye candy never hurts anyone! 😉
      Thank you so much for watching and sharing! We really appreciate it! 🙂

  7. I watched the video and shared before I even got to the end of the post! I think the number of kids who get free or reduced lunches at school in Maine is just about 50%. Hunger is a huge problem because it also affects kids learning . I’ll be sharing this post as well. Thanks for bringing awareness!

    • Awww, Jennifer, we really appreciate that so much! Staggering number of children in Maine. That is just heartbreaking. It does affect learning, which is a major reason why we have to help.

  8. Thank you for sharing this video. Just watched & going to share on my FB page right now!! Knowing how hungry my little piggies get multiple times a day, it’s heartbreaking to think that so many children often depend on a single meal to get through the day and can’t even count on that.

    • Love this comment Nicole, because it is just so true. When I think of how often my children eat and then realize how many children are starving it breaks my heart.

  9. Thanks for being a platform for this wonderful message. You girls really “serve it up” in every way…great job. And of course, thanks for letting us take a look at Mr. O’Donnell as well. I could never “O’D” on him. Anything he’s saying, I’m listening to. 🙂

    • LOL Karen! O’D on him made me laugh out loud! 🙂 Thank you for watching the video! We really appreciate it.

  10. just broke my heart. i think about my son and him never wanting to feel alone or hungry. I can’t even think about not being able to provide for him. I watched and shared babe. Thanks for the post.

  11. I am sharing the hell out of this. I can’t even imagine being that kid or one of my kids being that kid. Thank you so much for being involved with this.

  12. Just watched and shared! I live in a wonderful resource-rich city that is fortunately able to offer free summer meals in the park, but I know that often not the case. There is no reason any child in this country should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. Thanks for sharing, ladies!

  13. Viewed and shared. I feel shocked that I’ve never considered what summer is like for people who depend on school lunches. Breaks my heart as my kids are never-ending snackers and eaters.

    • It is one of those things that doesn’t always occur to us until we learn it Tamara…but then once you know it is hard to get it out of our heads. Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  14. {Melinda} I remember this post when you ran it the first time. I LOVED it and am so glad you chose to run it again. Such a good reminder, especially during the summer when our kids are around more and always seem to be wanting something. 🙂

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