Terrorism, Wars, Debt, Ebola…And Now Hunger Troubles America

Child Hunger
Child Hunger

America seems to be under a curse. As the country – which claims to be a super power in the world – is trying to grapple with a series of serious issues such as Islamic State terrorism, persisting wars in Muslim countries, mounting debt nearing $18 trillion, Ebola epidemic, now it’s facing another threat. It’s child hunger.

Child hunger, often perceived to be a world-away issue, is now an all too common reality facing millions of America’s most vulnerable.

As incredible as it seems for many living in the land of plenty, an estimated 16 million children under 18 years old live in “food insecure” households which means they don’t know where – or when – their next meal will be.

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Now, dad turned child advocate, Josh Duhamel, is joining forces with Unilever Project Sunlight and Feeding America, a hunger relief organization, to launch a nationwide initiative to raise awareness for this issue that hits close to home by rallying friends and families to “Share A Meal” to turn the tables on child hunger in America.

“As a father, it’s inconceivable to me that the kids I see on the playground, or in my neighborhood, could be from a home that doesn’t have enough food on the table,” said Duhamel. “I’ve joined Unilever Project Sunlight to bring awareness to the critical issue of child hunger in America, and to demonstrate how together we can help solve this problem if we all do our part.”

Unilever Project Sunlight is an initiative focused on encouraging people to create a brighter future for children – by taking small steps to live sustainably, use less and share even more.

Award-winning filmmaker and Unilever Bright Future Award recipient, Patrick Creadon, teamed up with Unilever to create a heart-wrenching and inspiring look at how Americans are grappling with child hunger in a four-minute documentary, “Going to Bed Hungry: The Changing Face of Child Hunger.”

To view the documentary and find out what you can do to share a meal this holiday season, go to ProjectSunlight.us. There you can download the Unilever Share A Meal Toolkit to learn more about the power of a shared meal and get involved in the project.

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