Per Diems Against Poverty Executive Director Speaks at #1MCKC

Per Diems Against Poverty Executive Director Speaks at #1MCKC

In case you missed the live stream, check out Per Diems Against Poverty Co-founder & Executive Director, Jennifer Barker's presentation at 1 Million Cups Kansas City!

Click the video (2nd presenter; 30 minutes in) below to learn more about our fight against hunger in America and how you can help support our cause! Visit PerDiems.org for even more info on how we're working with pro athletes, corporations, and entertainers to provide meals for families in communities across America! 

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Rashad McCants Leads Pro Ballers into Uncharted Territory

Rashad McCants Leads Pro Ballers into Uncharted Territory

Sometimes things happen, and you just know that God is in it. I had one of those moments a little over a month ago. I opened my email and read an email from a manager whose player wanted to partner with Per Diems Against Poverty. I have received similar emails before, but this one was different. I knew that this partnership would be something special, something different. I scheduled a call with his manager and without question, this pro athlete committed to advocate on behalf of Per Diems Against Poverty and donate the per diems he would receive while on the road playing professional basketball. Without knowing the amount, or even if he would receive a per diem for his meals this season, Rashad McCants committed to a generous donation for each game this season (10 games total).

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Never Stop Giving

We should never miss an opportunity to share about the good people who truly care about their communities. Ken Kupchick, former Director of Marketing & Development at the River Valley Regional Food Bank, has inspired me to do my best to help those in need in my community from the first time I met him. His passion for serving others is apparent even now as he embarks on another chapter in his career. Although I'm sure he is missed at the River Valley Regional Food Bank, I know that he will continue to touch the lives of others by providing meals for Americans struggling with hunger and poverty. Read more about the work Ken and the amazing Charlotte Tidwell, Founder of Antioch for Youth & Family, are doing to help their community in the story below. I promise you will be inspired to never stop giving, too. 

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Fighting to Keep our Students Healthy

Fighting to Keep our Students Healthy

During my child nutrition (CN) training, many of the CN directors and managers spoke about how difficult it is to stay compliant with the latest regulations set by the government. They must adapt to ever-changing rules and even tighter budgets, which at times seems almost impossible. Yet, every single person agreed that they are there for the children. They make all of the training, meetings, and headaches worthwhile. On any given Friday, they know that many of the children in their schools may not have another meal until Monday morning. They know that their job of keeping our nation’s children nourished is vital to the success of America’s education system.

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Real Stories of Hunger features Per Diems Against Poverty

Real Stories of Hunger features Per Diems Against Poverty

It's been just over a year since Per Diems Against Poverty partnered with Feeding America in our fight to end hunger in America one per diem at a time. This past year has been full of ups and downs, twists and turns; however, co-founders, Brittany Hodak and Jennifer Barker, remain steadfast in their commitment to providing as many meals as possible for the 1 in 7 Americans struggling with food insecurity.

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The Post Game: Curtis Granderson Teams With Startup On Unique Way To Feeding The Hungry

The Post Game: Curtis Granderson Teams With Startup On Unique Way To Feeding The Hungry

As a three-time All-Star, pennant winner in both leagues and member of baseball's exclusive 20-20-20 Club, Granderson is without a doubt an all-star on the field; however, he is also a hero off the field. Not only has he been giving back to his community for years through his Grand Kids Foundation's Grand Giving Initiative, this season he has teamed up with Per Diems Against Poverty to help us feed Americans struggling with hunger by donating his $10,000 per diem to Feeding America food banks serving millions of Americans across five of the largest cities in America. 

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Do South Magazine: Crusading Cousins

Do South Magazine: Crusading Cousins

The article, Crusading Cousins, written by Marla Cantrell and featured in the May issue of Do South Magazine captures the sentiment of mine and Brittany's relationship both as cousins as well as our journey together as business partners. We are equally dedicated to reaching our goal of providing 10 million meals in 2016 for the 1 in 7 Americans in need. I love this article! It gives our supporters a glimpse of the road we've traveled this past year and where we're headed in the years to come. If you haven't had the chance to check out our organization and learn about how hunger is affecting over 48 million Americans in every county nationwide, you should definitely read this article.

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Per Diems Partners With MLB Players to Strike Out Hunger

Per Diems Partners With MLB Players to Strike Out Hunger

Per Diems Against Poverty co-founders, Brittany Hodak and Jennifer Barker, appeared on a special CBS This Morning segment today to talk about their organization, their partnership with professional athletes such as Curtis Granderson, who is also featured in the segment, as well as their goal of providing 10 million meals for Americans struggling with hunger by the end of 2016. This number may sound like a lofty goal; however, given the higher than average per diems provided to professional athletes and entertainers while traveling and through our partnership with Feeding America food banks, our goal will be reached when only 100 professional baseball players pledge their per diems for the 2016 season. 

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Battling Hunger in The Big Apple

Battling Hunger in The Big Apple

During a recent trip to New York City, Per Diems Against Poverty co-founders, Brittany Hodak and Jennifer Barker, had the opportunity to visit another member of Feeding America’s network of food banks, The Food Bank For New York City. We relish these opportunities to learn more about each individual food bank’s identity- their history, their unique meal programs, and the impact they are having on lives of the people living in the communities they serve. The Food Bank For NYC’s mission is no more or less vital than other food banks; however, the burden they bear may be even heavier than many others around the country. 

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Ending Hunger In America: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Ending Hunger In America: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Over the past five years, I've been incredibly fortunate to enjoy many successes as an entrepreneur with my first startup, ZinePak. On a handful of occasions I have been invited to give TEDx presentations, which are independently-organized events sanctioned by TED, the organization whose tagline is "Ideas Worth Spreading." I politely declined each invitation to speak on issues like entrepreneurship among females or the changing landscape of the music industry. I just didn't feel like the world was waiting with bated breath for one more person to address these issues.

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Per Diems Against Poverty Achieves GuideStar.org Gold Status

Per Diems Against Poverty Achieves GuideStar.org Gold Status

Per Diems Against Poverty is proud to have reached Gold Status on GuideStar.org, a leading website dedicated to increasing transparency among tax-exempt nonprofit organizations.

With Transparency as one of our six Core Values, sharing information has always been an important part of Per Diems Against Poverty's organizational fiber. We are excited to have this recognition from GuideStar.org, who shares our commitment to ensuring non-profit organizations operate with the highest level of transparency and integrity.

The GuideStar database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS. GuideStar invites nonprofits to update their profiles at no cost to the organizations. Updating allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with the millions of people who visit GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations and the more than 120 sites and applications that use GuideStar data. 

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One Man's Legacy

One Man's Legacy

During a recent business trip to Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to visit another of Feeding America’s network food banks, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.  I received such a warm reception and was given a wonderful tour of their facility.  I not only gained insight into the important work the food bank is doing throughout Los Angeles County but was made aware of just how dire the need to remedy the hunger crisis has become for the most populated county in America.  From what was started by Tony Collier, a cook in Pasadena, as a one-man mission in 1973, has grown into the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, which distributes more than 1 million pounds of food on a weekly basis with the help of its network of 690 partner agencies and more than 1,100 distribution sites throughout L.A. County.  Unfortunately, this large amount of food is not even close to the amount this city needs to dispense in order to help the 1.6 million people who are struggling with hunger right now in L.A. County.  

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It's About Child Hunger, Not Politics

It's About Child Hunger, Not Politics

This past week, The Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act was approved by the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. Our own United States. Senator John Boozman from Arkansas, also co-chairman of the Senate Hunger Caucus, authored the legislation, providing states with two additional options for addressing child hunger during the summer months when the National School Lunch Program (see Food Programs Working to Fight Child Hunger), the largest federal child nutrition program, providing nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to more than 31.6 million children each school day, is not available to the children who depend upon this program as their primary source of food and nourishment. As Boozman stated during committee consideration of the bill, “I’ve seen first-hand that nutrition is critical to our children’s ability to thrive in and out of the classroom.  For too many of our nation’s children, summer can be the hungriest time of year.  That’s why we need a summer meals program that works in urban, suburban and rural areas.  

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Jennifer Barker Featured In The Huffington Post

Per Diems Against Poverty co-founder Jennifer Barker was featured in The Huffington Post today, as part of an ongoing series spotlighting female entrepreneurs called "Go Against The Flow." 

Author Charu Sharma spoke with Barker about what entrepreneurship means to her, her biggest accomplishments, and what drives her to fight for a day when no American goes hungry. Read the interview here.

You Shop. Amazon Gives to Per Diems Against Poverty!

You Shop. Amazon Gives to Per Diems Against Poverty!

Per Diems Against Poverty would like to thank all of our friends, family, and donors who have given their time, talent, and treasure in support of our fight to end hunger in America.  We would not be where we are without your generous support.  We now have another way you can give back to your community while giving gifts to your loved ones this season! 

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#GivingTuesday Gives Hope to Millions

#GivingTuesday Gives Hope to Millions

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the potential of social media and collaboration among the nonprofit community. It is observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the HUGE shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It kicks off the charitable season when many people focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that honors and supports giving and generosity with events throughout the year.

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Hungry Heroes: 25 Percent of Military Families Seek Food Aid

Hungry Heroes: 25 Percent of Military Families Seek Food Aid

25 percent of the nation’s total active duty and reserve personnel are seeking aid from food pantries and other charitable programs across the country, according to our partner Feeding America. Another 2.37 million households including veterans receive assistance from food pantries that are part of Feeding America's network (not including households where both a former and current service member reside).   Please visit PerDiems.org to partner with us as we fight the hunger epidemic in America.  To learn more about the struggle many of our veterans and their families face, please read this NBC News article.  

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There Are No Words

There Are No Words

There are no words to describe what it’s like to look into the eyes of someone who cannot provide enough food for their family.  They’ve exhausted all of their own resources, forcing them to turn to strangers for assistance.  The things we often take for granted, like food, clothing, and shelter, hold so much value in those moments.  Many of us are able to take a trip to the grocery store on a whim and leave with a cart full of groceries.  What if you were out of milk and bread but knew that not only could you not afford to purchase more, but you also didn’t have to transportation to get there?  Our society prefers to focus on the lives of those who live in luxury while ignoring the 1 in 6 Americans who cannot even imagine such a life.  It's increasingly common to focus on the material things we don't have than to be thankful for the things we do.

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No Gift Is Too Small

No Gift Is Too Small

A little bit goes a long way.  We've all heard this saying in respect to many areas of life.  Ironically, it often comes up in reference to food.  The same principle applies when it comes to the giving of ourselves, our time and our resources in serving one another.  Unfortunately, many of us wrongly assume that since we can't give in large quantities, our contributions do not matter or amount to much.  If we would adjust our perspectives and recognize that if we all give a little, the impact could be beyond comprehension.  

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