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Second Harvest Feeds the Hungry

Have you ever gotten the munchies, scanned the fridge and scoured the cupboards only to yell, "Mom! There's nothing to eat!" You've probably also fed the dog your nasty brussel sprouts when no one was looking, or hid them in the napkin to be tossed out later. Admit it, you're guilty. We've all done it. Well, sadly... maybe not ALL of us. Did you know that nine million kids in the US receive emergency food assistance every year? They'd have gladly scarfed down those brussel sprouts or anything else that was in your fridge at the moment.

Second Harvest - Hunger Facts

It's a scary fact that last year, many families had to choose between buying food or paying for housing (rent or mortgages). Lots of kids go to school without having breakfast, they don't eat lunch and they sometimes don't have much (if anything) for supper. But Second Harvest is one of the charitable organizations that is trying to fix all that.

Second Harvest - Food Bank Support

Second Harvest is the largest US hunger relief association. They have over 200 food banks and food programs that donate food to over 50,000 charitable organizations for distribution to hungry Americans. Second Harvest covers all 50 states, and Puerto Rico, and they've helped 73% of America's poor kids snag good eats. How cool is that?

Second Harvest - How You Can Help

So why are we telling ya about these peeps at Second Harvest? Because their heroic attempts at aiding the hungry are worth mentioning - and maybe you can get involved. If you're planning a Halloween party, Christmas party, New Year's party or any kind of get-together, why not ask your buds to bring something that could be donated? It's not hard to raid your kitchen cupboards and grab a canned good (green beans, corn, Chef Boyardee, etc.) or dry food item (cereal, crackers or pasta) that you can donate to the Second Harvest branch near you. You could also suggest that your school do this at the next big dance or event. Chatter about food banks is usually high around the holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, but people are hungry year-round. Anytime you can help, it's appreciated.

  • To find a Second Harvest branch near you, check out www.secondharvest.org.
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    labimba
    labimba posted in Style:
    Neko girl I have to get back in shape for September if u want we can be training buddies!  :)  
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    animallover468
    animallover468 posted in Style:
    EndlessDream is right. Skipping breakfast and lunch can result in stomach ulcers and sudden weight gain (had personal experience...), ESPECIALLY skipping breakfast! You have to incorporate exercise in your daily routine. Stomach and body fat is mostly caused by lack of exercise, and maybe that means you need to do toning exercises. Try doing simple exercise videos like the 3-mile powerwalk on YouTube (trust me, I sweat like crazy when I do those workouts). Anything that gets you sweating, is the kind of exercise you need to do.  I hated working out when I first started my weight loss journey too. I would always start wheezing every time I started working out. But after pushing through everyday, I think working out is one of the best stress busters I've ever had!  If you want to lower your appetite though, I suggest eating a full lunch and breakfast and skipping your dinner. If you can't skip dinner, then at least try aiming for an early dinner, around 5:30 or 6:00. Your body needs time to digest at least 4 hours before you sleep. I started gaining weight around puberty when I was 12, it could be the same for you too.  But honestly, there's nothing wrong with having consciousness about your weight. Now starving yourself and dieting is BAD, but there's nothing wrong with changing your lifestyle in order to be fit. It's a good thing that kids start caring about their health, and the earlier you start, the better off you are. 
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    EndlessDream
    EndlessDream posted in Style:
    You need breakfast and lunch. Starving yourself, even if you aren't hungry, makes you loose energy to the point you could pass out from not eating. Keep your diet healthy. For breakfast, at least have yogurt, fruit, and juice. Drink at least 4 full glasses of water a day. Trim down on the snacks. Everyone has different bodies and build. You may just be large-boned. And that's not bad! That makes you stronger and higher ability to gain muscle. Loosing weight doesn't happen over night. It can take months. 
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    Nekogirl101
    Nekogirl101 posted in Style:
    For years my parents would tell me I'm skinny but compared to other people, my waist was bigger and I would always hide it. Though it was obvious I weighed more, I've only been doing this for a week and I didn't ever tell anyone what I was doing until my parents found out. I would skip lunch and breakfast and say I was full. I only ate a big dinner every night. Once my parents found out, they said it was unhealthy and if I didn't  stop, I would develop an eating disorder. I obviously listened to them, but I've tried as best as I can so far. I have barely lost any weight from exercise and my parents won't let me go on a diet because I already 'eat healthy enough'. I want to lose weight without exercising being 3/4s of my lifestyle. I know, I'm a lazy idiot for saying all this.
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    rainbowpoptart
    Yes, purely for the fact that you should not "hate" your sister (or anyone, for that matter).  I'm guessing by "get in trouble for her", you mean she does something wrong and the blame is all put on you? Yeah, little siblings tend to do that a lot. My brother did for the longest time, until my parents found out how much a liar he is. She, hopefully, will grow out of this eventually. Either that, or your parent[s]/guardian[s] will eventually see through her. You lose your friends to her? By this do you mean your friends want to hang out with her and they want you to tag along and you don't? Or do you mean your friends chose your sister over you? If it's the latter, then perhaps you shouldn't have ever referred to those people as friends. You'll find friends who'll prefer you over your sister, I'm sure of it. The only thing I can tell you to do is try to get along with your sister. Every group of siblings has their cats and dogs moment in life, but they grow out of it (most of the time; there are, of course, circumstances where it doesn't work out that way). Please be grateful for your sister, even if you two fight a lot. You never know how much you need something until it's gone.
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