I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. While I’m proud of that accomplishment, It wasn’t easy to achieve. Although I received academic scholarships, I still struggled to pay for my tuition, lodging, and books. By the time all of my fees were paid, I had little money left for anything else including food.
Most days, I survived by eating cold cereal for breakfast and ramen noodles for dinner (which I had to cook with an iron, but that’s another story). If I was lucky, I’d find enough loose change around the dormitory to buy myself one burrito from a local chain restaurant.
Not eating properly seriously affected my academic performance. I found it hard to concentrate in class because I was always hungry. Whereas I was an honor student in high school, I started getting Cs on my assignments.
I didn’t tell my mother, who was 1,400 miles away, about my predicament because I didn’t want her to worry about me. Thankfully, I had friends who did worry about me. My roommate would periodically bring me a hot meal from the cafeteria and a few other guys would invite me over when they ordered a pizza. I was grateful for their generosity. Their small acts of kindness helped me to get through a difficult period and achieve my academic goals..
Because of my experience in college, I’m passionate about doing my part to help hungry people. Every day, 1 in 5 kids goes without breakfast. That’s unacceptable. To combat this problem, I’ve partnered with Kellogg’s and Action for Healthy Kids to provide two million breakfasts to children in need.
You can help by doing any or all of the following things:
- Share this post using the hashtag #GreatStarts. Each share provides one breakfast to a child in need.
- Post this infographic, The Power of Breakfast, to your social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest) using the hashtag #GreatStarts
- Donate cereal and other non-perishable food items to your local Food Bank.
- Follow Kenny Thompson’s example and directly help hungry children.
Every child deserves a great start. Please do your part to share breakfast and help hungry children get fed.
Join the conversation: Have you or anyone you know had to deal with hunger or food uncertainty?
Disclosure: I am a paid member of Kellogg’s KChamps Team.
Photo by Alberto Vaccaro