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Heroes Against Hunger

Heroes against hunger eventWhat happens when you take one part carnival games, six talented chefs, a handful of anti-hunger organizations, and a few hundred families?

You get Heroes Against Hunger, a local block party that offers more than carnival games and good food: it raised awareness and money for a good cause. My family and I attended this Denver event, where my kids had a chance to visit the bounce house, hear local musicians, and think a little bit about supporting our neighbors who don’t have access to sufficient, healthy food.

Share Our Strength has long been a power-house of fun, delicious events raising money to address access to healthy food and nutrition, in partnership with local chefs. Most of those events, though, are better for date night than family time.

Hungers Against Heroes is different. It both raised funds for Share Our Strengths’ programs, and provided a fun, nutritious experience for families. It put Share Our Strength’s mantra: every kid, healthy food, every day – into action, with cooking demonstrations and a farmers’ market.

Chef Jensen Cummings of Denver’s Slotted Spoon, a restaurant selling delicious meatballs, was inspired to create this event because of the chance to support Share Our Strength’s work in a different way. He talked with me a bit about his vision:

Heroes Against Hunger you can’t get much more goofy and playful than Heroes Against Hunger. The question is who are the heroes against hunger? …For a lot of us, it’s the kids, and the principals bringing breakfast after the bell to students, people who are creating school gardens, people who work at Share Our Strength. We want to build a community where we’re all heroes against hunger.”

Hopefully, it’ll be more than just a one-time event. The event is poised to grow each year, and be held in cities across the US.

Jensen told me, “We want to continue to grow the community of chefs, and build this chef coalition dedicated to ending childhood hunger. The idea is power in numbers chefs across the state and country to cumulatively fight the good fight.”

If you want to help fight the good fight, alongside Jensen Cummings and all the other heroes against hunger, check out Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry work. This month, you can even eat out at one of thousands of restaurants across the country supporting No Kid Hungry with special promotions.

As Chef Jensen says, “No one of us can end childhood hunger alone, but all of us together can.”

Follow Share Our Strength to find out if a Heroes Against Hunger block party is coming to a neighborhood near you!

 

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