Happy Monday! Today isn’t JUST Monday… today is the first day of a great week, Hunger Awareness Week! The entire month of September is about encouraging not only advocacy, but real action against a crisis that strikes every neighborhood in America…hunger and food insecurity.
My September has already been packed with initiatives to serve the cause closest to my heart. To start off, I would like to make the first public announcement that Seeds of Hope is officially running as an international 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This was never the goal of my service efforts- in fact, it was never even a plan of mine. However this new label for my program will make shipments smoother and more efficient, which will help get things where they need to be sooner, and ultimately aid more communities around the world. This also means that we now have a designated bank account where treasury business will make accepting any greatly appreciated donations much more accessible.
My international work still isn’t enough to blind me of the need in my very own community. In celebration of Hunger Awareness Week, I have kicked off another food drive! Starting today and continuing until Friday the 20th, I ask YOUR help is restocking the shelves at my local food pantry, Hampstead’s St Anne’s. This pantry is in dire need, so it is incredibly important that we work together as a community to help out. There are currently donation boxes at Coco Early Real Estate Office, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Office, and my house, but more will be announced throughout the rest of the week, so make sure you watch my social media accounts to see how, when, and where you can contribute.
This Wednesday, September 11th, is national Hunger and Food Insecurity Awareness Day. Show your support for the millions struggling by wearing ORANGE! Send me a photo of your orange to be featured in an important upcoming Seeds of Hope initiative.
Seeds of Hope is not only about feeding people in need, but empowering the ones around them to see those needs and be brave enough to help. This month, I ask that you remember your power, and recognize the simplicity behind making a difference. Join me in helping our local food pantries, nurturing families overseas, and passing on the message that EVERYONE has wha it takes to make a difference.