March 14, 2009

April Food Day - Bloggers Fighting Hunger

Everyday, the news is filled with the dire news about the current economic climate and a lot of us use the blogging community to take a break from the constant drumbeat. However, we can not ignore the fact that friends and family members, and even some blogger friends have lost their jobs because of the recession.

Former advertising executive and editor of
Easy & Elegant Life, along with fundraising professional and editor of Pigtown*Design, have teamed up to create a blogger action day on April 1, 2009, which we are calling April Food Day – Bloggers Fighting Hunger. We are asking our fellow bloggers to create a post about this project and ask each of their readers to make a contribution to Feeding America (formerly Second Harvest), a national food bank with 200 member banks across the country.

People who never had a worry in the world now have to think about where their next meal is coming from. People who never would have dreamt that they would need help are now showing up at the local food banks. But when they get there, the shelves are bare. There is not enough food being donated to meet the sudden rise in demand. There is not enough money to buy the food for the food banks. There is not a general understanding that food banks need help to help fill their shelves.

Every dollar contributed provides seven meals or 10 pounds of food. A gift of $25 provides 75 meals. If we all post together and ask our readers to make a contribution on April 1, we can make a huge difference in our communities.

We would like you to help in a few easy ways:

  • Send this or a similar letter to your friends with blogs and ask them to send it to their blogging friends.
  • Write a post, and we can help you with copy if you need it, and publish it on March 31 or April 1, asking your readers to make a contribution to Feeding America. We will provide you with the direct link to Feeding America’s donation page.
  • Provide a link to our blog April Food Day and we will link back to your blog and your post about April Food Day.

We hope that you will help us help others. We know that this is a quick turn-around, but the need is great and the time is now.


  1. what a great cause- count me in!

  2. M21... i knew we could count on you!

  3. I'm in, as well.

    thanks for organizing this.

  4. meg - i just a forwarded e-mail message about your april food day idea - terrific - count me in.

  5. Truce. You can count me in for a contribution. Good work Meg!! Sorry for the other day. P.S. Enjoy cirque -- it is faculous!

  6. Meg...count me in! Thanks you for spearheading this.


  7. Marnie & Renae... Thanks so much for participating!

  8. Saw Alice Waters on 60 minutes last night. Now there's a woman who should be involved with your cause. If there is one person's passion who could feed the world, let it be Alice. Great blog and good luck

  9. Count me in on both fronts, great idea.

  10. This is a wonderful idea. Here in Detroit, I see the devastation of the current economic reality on a daily basis. I'm in!

  11. Thank you for coordinating this important effort - count me in!

  12. We will be making an additional donation to the food bank because of your efforts. Count on us.


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