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Food Network and Share Our Strength’s Documentary, “Hunger Hits Home”

Last night I had the privilege of attending a special screening of Food Network and Share Our Strength’s new documentary “Hunger Hits Home”.  The screening was hosted by Gina and Pat Neely (Down Home with the Neelys), and in addition, many other Food Network stars and celebrities were on hand to support.  The documentary is narrated by Oscar-winning actor and longtime anti-hunger activist Jeff Bridges, and focuses on the devastating hidden crisis of childhood hunger in America.  The film is part of an ongoing partnership between Food Network and Share our Strength, whose No Kid Hungry initiative aims to eradicate child hunger in America by 2015 by surrounding children with nutritious food where they live, learn and play.  Below are a few images from the red carpet and more information about the documentary, Food Network, and Share Our Strength.


Sasha Perl Raver (Private Chefs of Beverly Hills) getting interviewed

Mary Sue Milliken (Share Our Strength Board Member and Top Chef Masters) and Bob Blumer (Food Network Host)

Melissa d'Arabian (Ten Dollar Dinners) and Aarti Sequeira (Aarti's Party, Next Food Network Star)

Gina and Pat Neely

Susie Fogelson (Senior VP or Marketing, Creative Services, and Brand Stragety of Food Network), Bob Tuschman (GM/Senior VP of Food Network & Cooking Channel), Aarti Sequeira, Melissa d'Arabian, Pat Neely, GIna Neely, and Chuck Scofield (Chief Development Officer of Share Our Strength)

Susie Fogelson introducing the documentary

Bob Tuschman

The Neelys

The documentary was so well done and gives faces to the food insecurity epidemic in America.  Tune into or set your DVR’s to Food Network this Saturday, April 14th at 8pm/7pm central to see the documentary.  Also visit http://www.strength.org/ to understand childhood hunger, for ways to get involved, and ways to give.  Let’s end childhood hunger by 2015!

About “Hunger Hits Home”:
In the wealthiest nation in the world, one in five children lives in the shadow of hunger.  In “Hunter Hits Home”, audiences will get a first-hand look at the crisis of childhood hunger in America through the eyes of the people on the frontlines of the battle—parents and children, anti-hunger activists, educators and politicians committed to eradicating the problem.  “Hunger Hits Home” examines the causes, complications and misconceptions about childhood hunger in the United States and offers a glimpse at some of the innovative solutions being put into practice today.

“Hunger Hits Home” goes on a cross-country odyssey from urban New York City and Washington, D.C., to suburban Virginia and Texas, giving viewers a bird’s-eye view of the hunger crisis through the lives of three hardworking families struggling to make ends meet. The film also profiles some of America’s heroes in the continuing fight against childhood hunger, including a determined food pantry founder who makes the battle personal and an elementary school principal who refuses to let his students go hungry. It documents the work of government officials and not-for-profit leaders who will move mountains to mobilize necessary resources. With efforts large and small, these people are helping to fulfill Share Our Strength’s commitment to ending childhood hunger in America by 2015.

About Food Network:
Food Network is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring and empowering through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to more than 100 million U.S. households and averages more than 9.9 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine has tripled its rate base and delivers a circulation of 1.4 million. Headquartered in New York, Food Network has a growing international presence with programming in more than 150 countries, including 24 hour networks in Great Britain, India, Asia and Africa. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates Cooking Channel (www.cookingchanneltv.com), DIY Network (www.diynetwork.com), Great American Country (www.gactv.com), HGTV (www.hgtv.com), and Travel Channel (www.travelchannel.com),  is the manager and general partner.

About Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry :
Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting kids to the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry Campaign ensures children in need are enrolled in essential nutrition programs, helps families get the most from their food resources and invests in effective community organizations fighting hunger. The No Kid Hungry campaign brings together public/private partnerships of political leaders, educators, corporations, chefs, parents, caretakers, faith leaders, anti-hunger activists, and others with strengths to share to end childhood hunger. Through its Cooking Matters ® program, the No Kid Hungry Campaign teaches families at risk of hunger how to get more food for their money and better nourishment from those foods. For more information on the No Kid Hungry strategy to ensure kids have access to healthy food where they live, learn and play, visit NoKidHungry.org.

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