Today is April 1st, which means that it is a) my Uncle Larry's birthday, b) April Fool's Day (which I've never been very good at) and c) the second annual April Food Day.
April Food Day is the brainchild of two bloggers: Chris Cox of Easy & Elegant Life and Baltimore's own Meg Fairfax Fielding of Pigtown Design and Pigtown Pigout. It's a blog-driven day of awareness and donation for Feeding America, an organization that provides food and groceries to food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters.
Right now, Feeding America is providing food to 37 million (one in eight) Americans - an increase of 46% over 2006. Of those, 14 million are children. Over one-third of households receiving food have at least one person working, but still need help.
Most of the pantries and nearly half the soup kitchens that receive assistance from Feeding America have no paid staff at all, relying entirely on volunteers.
In short, it's a great cause and I can't think of a better one for a food blogger to promote.
If you're interested in donating to Feeding America, you can find their April Food Day donation page right here. And please pass the message on.
Thanks very much!