We all love to eat tasty food, but the truth is that those tasty morsels aren’t always the healthiest for us. September is National Cholesterol Education Month. Take a moment to check out these helpful websites and learn some important facts about blood cholesterol, your heart, lungs, and healthier eating and lifestyles:
National Cholesterol Education Month
Everyone loves a good old fashion bake sale, so why not have one and support a worthy cause all at the same time?
Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale is a national campaign that works to end childhood hunger through volunteers that hold bake sales in their own communities. Over the last five years, more than 1-million people have donated their bake sale proceeds to the campaign to help the 12-million children in America who are at risk of hunger.
All of the information you need to host your own bake sale on behalf of Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale can be found on their website. There, you’ll also find statistics about the child-hunger epidemic and how this program is working to put an end to it, as well as tips on how to organize a successful bake sale.
Events like these are also a great way to get your kids involved. They can help out in the kitchen with all those yummy baked goods, be an extra hand at the actual bake sale, and it’s also a fun way to teach children about the value of helping people in need.
If you’ve already got a bake sale scheduled on your calendar such as for your church, school, or neighborhood, consider donating your usual profits to Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale. Just like the slogan says, “Ending Childhood Hunger Can Be A Piece of Cake”.
Food has amazing powers. We use it to nurture our bodies, to comfort us, and to enjoy our loved ones. Just think of the times we use food to celebrate our lives: baby showers, family reunions, birthdays, a new job. The list is endless. Just last week my group of girlfriends got together for homemade pizza and champagne to celebrate a new job!
Food and recipes can also be used to comfort loved ones through hard times. There’s nothing more comforting in times of sickness, grief, or sadness than a warm, home cooked meal. My sister is so great about helping those in need with her wonderful cooking skills. She works a full-time job with two very young children, but will gladly take the time to make some French Onion Soup or a casserole, salad, and dessert for anyone in her community who is in need. What an amazing gift!
Last night my friend Mara asked me to join her at a favorite restaurant for Dine for Darfur night. Select restaurants in Seattle donated 25% of yesterday’s sales to relief efforts in Darfur. Not only were we participating in humanitarian relief for Darfur, but we ate at a restaurant that we frequent anyway. It’s amazing how you can give back by making choices and being aware of what events are happening in your community. Bake sales and dining events are a great way to support issues that you care about both locally and throughout the world.
Be sure to create your own Secret Ingredients cookbook to pass recipes throughout your family. Teaching your family members how to cook and passing on family recipes allows your children to carry on traditions and help others.
Spring is on its way. Seattle has seen its first rain-free, sunny days, and everyone is enjoying the sun breaks and being outside. One of my favorite things about Spring are Girl Scout cookies! Cookie selling season is almost over, so be sure to place your order soon!
Girl Scouts of the USA is a very important organization for girls. It teaches them skills for success in the real world in a nurturing environment. This month the Girl Scouts start selling their cookies. To read about the cookie selection, click here. Ashley’s favorite are the Lemon Chalet Cremes, while I’m a Thin Mint and Samoas girl.
Ashley and I both served our communities as Brownies and Girl Scouts, and we not only love the cookies, but feel loyalty to such a great cause. Want to buy some Girl Scout Cookies? Click here to find a location near you!
The fact that you found our website proves that you are lucky. Not only do you have recipes that you want to document and share with your friends and family, but you are able to buy the ingredients to make those recipes. Not to sound like a grumpy mother whose child won’t eat their brocs, but REALLY there are children in THIS country who are hungry.
Did you know?
1 in 4 persons standing in a soup kitchen line is a child
12 million American children face hunger
Only 20% of low-income children who receive school lunch also receive food in the summer when school’s out
Even short periods of hunger seriously impair a child’s ability to learn and grow
What is the Great American Bake Sale?
Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale is a national campaign where participants host their own bake sale anywhere in the U.S. from May 19 – August 31 and send their proceeds to Share Our Strength to help organizations in their community end childhood hunger.
… But Kate you are posting this on August 31. Aren’t you a little late? It’s not too late! Although the campaign only runs through the end of August, you can continue to have your Bake Sale throughout the year. Many participants are having theirs in the fall and winter during holiday seasons. You may also contribute to someone else’s bake sale or make a donation if you are short on time. Check their website for more info, or click here to read about the event: Bake Sale Fact Sheet.
This is a worthy, genuine cause. I promise. Now in its’ fourth year, over 1 million people have participated in the campaign to aid the 12 million children in America who are at risk of hunger. Have a great holiday weekend!
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