Beyonce is asking you to skip a meal, but it’s not the latest fad or celebrity weight-loss scheme. It’s a plea to help feed the hungry in America.
Tina Knowles and daughters Beyonce and Solange are partnering with Bread of Life, Inc. to fight hunger in America. The Miss A Meal fundraising campaign asks us to miss a meal and pass the plate — by donating the cost of the skipped meal. The donation will be used to feed someone who is struggling to keep food on the table.
“When we say, ‘we are starving,’ we have to remember that there are people who are literally starving. If everyone fed one person, one meal, we could make a huge difference,” says Tina Knowles. “To miss one meal is a small sacrifice to make in the fight against hunger.”
- According to the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, in 2011:
- 50.1 million people lived in food-insecure households
- 12.1 million adults lived in households with very low food security
- 8.6 million children lived in food-insecure households in which children, along with adults, were food insecure
- 845,000 children lived in households with very low food security among children
“I was 13 and my sister Solange was eight when we started donating and serving meals to the homeless after church,” said Beyonce in a press release. ”There were people from all walks of life, even children, who needed a meal. We learned that we are all three paychecks away from poverty. It was a lesson in humility for all of us.”
“There are dozens of memories of me and my sister volunteering at Bread of Life,” Solange added. “We got to see firsthand how grateful people were to receive a hot meal. For many people this was their only meal of the day and we learned early on not to take anything for granted. I’m passing on those same lessons to my son Julez.”
Bread of Life, Inc. is a Houston-based non-profit founded by Pastor Rudy and Juanita Rasmus with the idea of providing solutions to the problems of homelessness, unemployment, and hunger. Bread of Life serves up 14,000 meals each month and helps to distribute nine tons of food every Wednesday.
Miss A Meal encourages people to donate as little as one dollar, which in turn can provide one well-balanced meal through Bread of Life.
Want to pass the plate? Visit www.missameal.net.
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Photo (left of page): Tina Knowles Enlists The Help Of Beyonce And Solange To Fight Hunger Through Bread Of Life’s ‘Miss A Meal’ Initiative. (PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records/Parkwood, Mason Poole)