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A Day in the Life at Share Our Strength

April 11, 2012

We're celebrating the artisans, writers, makers, and more who make up the diverse and inspiring world of food.

Today: The fantastic nonprofit Share Our Strength takes us across the country and into the workdays of 18 of their employees for a very special Supply Chain.

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Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry Campaign -- a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015 -- Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in federal nutrition programs, invests in community organizations fighting hunger, teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals, and builds public-private partnerships to end childhood hunger, at the state and city level. 

The employees at Share Our Strength are a busy bunch! Eighteen of them -- designers, organizers, fundraisers, and more -- shared snapshots from their days with us. From Arkansas to Chicago to Capitol Hill, it's easy to see that Share Our Strength is making a difference in the fight to end childhood hunger.

For more from our food friends and Food Network's Communal Table on Hunger Hits Home, click here.

I snapped this photo during a conference call with Food Network. They’re airing a documentary about childhood hunger this Saturday. It’s called Hunger Hits Home. So we hopped on the phone with their social media team to discuss our plans for the night of the premiere.
- Clay

I work on Dine Out For No Kid Hungry and I snapped this photo while preparing a kit to send for California Tortilla's brand-relaunch party next week where they will present their commitment to working with Dine Out For No Kid Hungry again this year!
- Molly

Here is a picture of some of the packing that I am currently doing for our Cooking Matters Annual Summit that’s coming up in St. Louis, MO. I think it’s exciting because it's our annual meeting with our Cooking Matters partners across the country where we get to exchange best practices, gain knowledge and information, and share ideas to ensure Cooking Matters can have the greatest impact on the families it serves -- empowering them with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to prepare healthy and affordable meals.
- Hayley

This is a picture taken last week in Arkansas at a planning meeting for expanding access to summer meals. All of the orange cards are actions planned, and the green cards are the questions we want to answer on our evaluation. Today I’m writing up the notes and an action plan from the meeting.
- Kim

We snapped this photo this morning in the airport as we were arriving in Little Rock. We’re in Arkansas today to do focus groups with low-income parents about free summer meals programs for kids. The No Kid Hungry campaign will use the information we learn in the groups to help more struggling families access free summer meals for their kids.
- Ariane and Kelli

Here I am making a vegetable lasagna for my Cooking Matters for Parents of Preschoolers class tonight. Each participant will make her own lasagna to take home, rather than take home a bag of groceries. I made one here in the office to cook when I get to the site so that we can try it out. It’s got tons of fresh veggies: zucchini, carrots, eggplant, spinach, onions, peppers...That’s a day in my life at Share Our Strength -- making lasagna in the middle of the work day!
- Michelle

I just arrived in Chicago because Food Network is screening Hunger Hits Home here tonight. So I'm here to represent Share Our Strength.
- Lewis

I’m working from my home office today, preparing a presentation for a prospective partner for this year’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry. Making a PowerPoint doesn’t make for a very exciting photo, but my dog Zoe was happy to jump in and make it more lively!
- Sheila

Here’s a photo from one of today’s Cooking Matters for Adults classes, where a volunteer is leading a trivia game with the participants.
- Jessica

Here I am in a meeting reviewing some wireframes for an upcoming website project!
- Carla

Today I appeared on CBS Atlanta (Better Mornings TV program WAGA-TV) to promote the Taste of the Nation Atlanta event on Thursday, April 12th. I was able to discuss Share Our Strength’s mission while showcasing demos from two of our participating chefs -- Chris Hall of Local Three and David Gross of Market. Spreading the word about Share Our Strength and our culinary fundraisers: a day in the life...
- Allison

These pictures mark the beginning of our New Orleans WIC (Women, Infants and Children) outreach campaign. This is just one of six bus shelter ads spread across New Orleans Parish. This ad is located on the corner of a busy intersection and right outside of a brand new Walgreens that has been drawing a lot of additional traffic!
- Callie

I work on our individual donor team and I’m working today on premiums materials that we can use for events.  So, this is a photo I took of my desk as I’m wading through balloon, lunchbag, sunglasses, and pen samples.
- Deborah

I snapped this photo first thing this morning. Today I switched from hot to iced coffee to welcome the warm weather! I’m working today on two culinary fundraising events we have coming up in Virginia: A tasting at Rappahannock River Oysters and a dinner on a lamb farm. (P.S. I’m spuntino on FOOD52!)
- Emily

Though it's only April, I'm working on designing our 2012 holiday cards and getting myself into the holiday spirit!
- Alex

I snapped this photo on my way to advocate for federal nutrition programs on Capitol Hill.
- Lucy

Today two colleagues and I went to Charlie Palmer Steak for a walkthrough of a No Kid Hungry Dinner we have coming up on June 12. We spent some time on the roof because this year we will have a new, lower-dollar event on the roof in addition to the seated dinner. They have an amazing view of the Capitol!
- Rachel



The Communal Table: Hunger Hits Home

Check out what all our food friends on the internet are sharing below and follow the feast on Twitter: #pullupachair.

FN Dish: Four Ways to Take Action Against Childhood Hunger Today
6 People Who Are Fighting Hunger
BlogHer Food: Poor Girl on SNAP: Using EBT at the Farmers' Market Fight Hunger With These 5 Charities
Cooking Channel: Join the Great American Bake Sale
Food Republic: Joining Bloggers to Take on Hunger
5 Ways to Fight World Hunger Beyond Donating Money

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spuntino April 11, 2012
Thanks for featuring our work, Food52!!