Ann Marie's 29th Annual Friendsgiving
Thank you for visiting my page. For the past 29 years I have hosted an annual “Friendsgiving” dinner to raise money for various Children’s Charities. Over those years the parties grew as did the “Friendsgiving Family”. Since 2014 I have focused on supporting NO KID HUNGRY, and in 2018, with a team of volunteers, we also organized a Friendsgiving 5K race/walk, which in conjunction with my holiday dinner, raised almost $10,000.
I would like to share with you a startling statistic facing youngsters in America; 1 in 6 children lives with hunger daily, that’s 13 million children.
Here’s what that means: In some families, the pantry is completely empty. In others, a parent might skip dinner a few nights a week, so the kids have something to eat in the evening. In others, families are making impossible decisions between paying the rent or buying groceries. Often children rely on school lunches and breakfasts for their primary source of nutrition and to keep their bellies full.
When kids get regular healthy meals, they do better on tests, have fewer discipline problems, have fewer health problems and are more likely to graduate from high school.
A healthier generation of kids means a stronger workforce, a stronger economy and a nation better able to compete in the global marketplace.
Hunger affects children in EVERY community in the United States.
But this is a solvable problem. Effective programs exist to close the gap between kids who have enough to eat and those who don’t.
Too often, however, these programs aren’t reaching the kids who need them. No Kid Hungry’s strategy focuses on problem-solving, working with local partners like governors, principals, nonprofits, chefs and corporations to identify and eliminate the barriers for kids.
Want to know how you can help me eradicate childhood hunger in America? Here are some simple ways to make a difference.
- Sign up to run the 2nd Annual Friendsgiving 5K in Suwanee Georgia on October 19th. You can participate in either a 1M fun run/walk or the 5K. (volunteers are also greatly appreciated) copy and paste this link: https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Suwanee/Friendsgiving5KForNoKidHungry Use Discount Code “amc” to get $5.00 off
- Sign up to run the virtual race anywhere at any time between now and October 27th. Just sign up at the link below, and then let me know you ran/walked/hiked/hopped/skipped or jumped and I will send you a finishing medal, my heartfelt appreciation and a kid-designed awesome Friendsgiving t-shirt And we’d love to see pictures from your run. https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Suwanee/Friendsgiving5KForNoKidHungry Use discount “amc” to get $5.00 off
- Make a donation right here on my Friendsgiving page. You can donate to honor a child in your life or on behalf of a loved one and help me reach my goal to feed 150,000 children this year. Every $1.00 that you donate will be leveraged to feed 10 children
Will you help me reach my goal? Because when you become part of No Kid Hungry, you're joining a movement of teachers, chefs, community leaders, parents, lawmakers and CEO's with a shared belief: no kid in America should go hungry.