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).Read More
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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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Forbes.com invited Jennifer Barker to share tips to help leaders maximize year-end giving, both for their businesses and personally. Click the link for her tax-saving tips, as told to Forbes contributor John Hall.
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.
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!Read More
#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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
How did I not know about this amazing resource? I wondered what change might we see in the number of Americans who struggle with hunger if more people were made aware of programs like this one? I doubt I’m the only one who is a little intimidated at the thought of growing my own garden. What if parents who struggle to feed their children nutritious foods had the skills necessary to grow their own gardens, rather than going hungry or relying on unhealthy alternatives. The free classes and hands-on demonstrations this program offers could do just that. Having their own garden to cultivate could enable a family to stretch their dollars even further by making nutritious fruits and vegetables readily available and more affordable.Read More