Dear Diary,

What did you eat for breakfast this morning? My family grabbed a quick bite in Manhattan on our way to our cruise ship terminal. When we arrived, we sat down for a snack in the pier’s café. My 13-year-old nephew listed all the food he planned to devour throughout the week and shared that the crew delivered pizza anywhere on board just by dialing a number. Before we took a bite, we recited a prayer, giving thanks to God for blessing us abundantly.

No Kid Hungry

Unfortunately, not all families can afford to take vacations each year let alone purchase the food they need to sustain them. According to No Kid Hungry, one in five children in the U.S. don’t get the food they need. This takes a terrible toll on their health and development, and threatens their futures in profound ways. It also drags down our nation’s economy by perpetuating the cycle of poverty.

  • 16 million kids in the United States struggle with hunger.
  • The average monthly SNAP benefit is $1.46 per meal. Nearly half of SNAP recipients are children.
  • Three out of four teachers say their students regularly come to school hungry.

That’s why I’m raising awareness about food access issues this September—Hunger Awareness Month. I’m also raising money. On Sunday, September 27, I’m partnering with Denny’s Restaurants and hosting a Pancakes for a Purpose Party. We’ll eat good food in good company and learn about the hungry problem plaguing the Pittsburgh area. We’ll also hear from experts addressing the issue and learn how to use social media for social good. Plus, we’ll have plenty of prizes, like gift cards, movies and other cool swag.

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What: Pancake Party With a Purpose

When:  Sunday, September 27, 2015 @ 9 a.m.

Where: Denny’s Restaurant, 2791 Freeport Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 (Waterworks Mall)

Why: To ensure that there’s No Kid Hungry in Pittsburgh

If you’re not in the Pittsburgh area, you can still support our cause. Click here to make a contribution to the Diary of a First Time Mom page. I’m joining other Denny’s mom blogger ambassadors and hoping to raise at least $500. But of course, you can contribute an amount that fits your family’s budget. One dollar feeds a child up to 10 meals!

Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom is teaming up with Denny’s Restaurants and No Kid Hungry to raise awareness about childhood hunger. Although some form of compensation is received to perform blogger ambassador duties, the fundraiser event is a volunteer activity. #DennysDiners

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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