Walking the Talk for NoKidHungry

It’s fine to rant and rave and say this is this and that is that, but are you actually doing anything? We are. We are Walking our Talk for NoKidHungry.


NoKidHungry (The Twitter hashtag is #NoKidHungry and they are @NoKidHungry) and Share Our Strength is an organization that was created and started by Billy and his sister Debbie Shore. They began in the basement of a row house on Capitol Hill in 1984, in response to the 1984-1985 famine in Ethiopia.

Billy Shore believes, as do we, that everyone has a strength to share in the fight against hunger and poverty.

“35 million people in the U.S. are hungry or don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and 13 million of them are children. If another country were doing this to our children, we’d be at war.”~ Jeff Bridges

“Hungry people cannot be good at learning or producing anything, except perhaps violence.”~ Pearl Bailey

The goal? To end childhood hunger in the United States of America (yes, HERE!) by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals.

In America: One out of Five children are hungry.

Was this my own discovery, idea and plan? No. Jennifer Olney, CEO and founder of #bealeader™, Change Your Game and GingerConsulting©. brought NoKidHungry to my attention inside #bealeader™ with “Cup for Change.”

So what does any of this have to do with Pioneer Outfitters? What does it have to do with Horseback Outfitters, Big Game Hunting Outfitters from Alaska? These are the same questions that were put to me a few years ago when our nation’s economy started it’s nosedive. When I spoke to the board members and National Park Service about partnering with Hunt of a Lifetime.

Easily answered.

Hunger prevents kids from reaching their full potential. It’s an epidemic that’s threatening America’s future. And make no mistake, these children are our future.

These children are our future. It is everyone’s, every adult’s, personal responsibility to protect, teach and guide the children of today. To inspire them. To believe in them. To help them.

“I can’t think of any issue that is more important than working to see that no schoolchild in this world goes hungry.” ~ Drew Barrymore

“There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.”
~  Sir Winston Churchill

“When I give food to the poor they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”  ~ Archbishop Dom Helder Camara of Brazil

“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I never look at the masses as my responsibility. I look at the individual. I can love only one person at a time. I can feed only one person at a time. Just one, one, one.
So you begin…I began. I picked up one person — Maybe if I didn’t pick up that one person I wouldn’t have picked up 42,000. Just begin…one, one, one.”
~ Mother Teresa

“If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger.” ~ Buzz Aldrin

“Hunger is not an issue of charity. It is an issue of justice.” ~ Jacques Deaf

“I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for the minds and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.”~  Martin Luther King, Jr.,

“The day that hunger is eradicated from the earth there will be the greatest spiritual explosion the world has ever known. Humanity cannot imagine the joy that will burst into the world.” ~ Federico Garcia Lorca, Spanish poet

This is exactly what drew me to #bealeader™. As the Lead Trainer for Pioneer Outfitters Survival & Guide Training program and the creator of the Professional Guide Ethics class for the State of Alaska, I am dedicated to improving my own leadership skills so that I may pass these skills on to our future Professional Alaska Guides.

#bealeader™ is a subsidiary of GingerConsulting©. The vision? “To serve all to be inspired to find their leader within through our collective efforts of leadership, fellowship and wisdom.” ~ Jennifer Olney.

Jen has created a welcoming environment and a community of amazing leaders from all over the world that strive to help each other grow, so that we can through our own teams, pass on the change and help shape better, stronger and more knowledgeable leaders.

The #bealeader™ Community was asked to submit our own, original quotes, so that we could join NoKidHungry and help end childhood hunger in America. The proceeds for these beautiful mugs goes directly to nokidhungry.org.


 If you would rather give directly to Team #bealeader ‘s NoKidHungry page, click here!

You’ve done something very good and special today. Please share this post in any and every way you can. We, CAN make a difference. We are. The children are worth it. You are worth it. (Thank you!) #bealeader and spread the word!



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12 Responses to Walking the Talk for NoKidHungry

  1. Jen just finished up my mug design and I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this awesome project in several ways.

    I have two mugs with your design on the way.

    • Jen,
      All that I have learned from YOUR Community is thanks enough. THIS is important. The Community is important. We can do this, together.
      Thank you for being part of everything, Jen.
      (Growly voice) Let’s do it.
      ~ Amber-Lee

  2. I drop James and Kenny at school every MWF and walk right through the cafeteria. I think those same thoughts every time. The kids cascade off the busses and into school. But there are always the stragglers- the worn-down, listless-looking, and sad. I don’t know their stories, but I always want to wrap my arms around them and hug them and ask what they need. Kills me knowing that some really are hungry and don’t know what to say or how to get help. And then there’s Kenny. He leaves his snack at home ’cause he likes his teacher’s better. I’m sure she thinks he’s going without! His face is drawn and he’s thin. I just shake my head and laugh. You never know. Better to be safe than sorry, as they say!

    • I know that when we were kids, we always had free lunches. I say “Free” because we were poor too. Without the lunches we could have been hungry. My mom always made it all work for us, but I know these had to help. NO CHILD SHOULD EVER BE HUNGRY. Thank you, Betsy for being here, for being part of it all.
      ~ Amber-Lee

  3. This is a cause near and dear to my heart. I am impressed and delighted that you and Jen took on this cause, and passionate about helping in any way I can. I got a 2nd mug, and tweeting/facebooking about it along with the link. We have to help our children, no matter what it takes.

    Appreciative for your efforts, and grateful for the communal awareness this creates.


    • “No matter what it takes.”
      Exactly, Ali.
      I am incredibly grateful to Jen for choosing a cause, a direction, that we CAN make a huge difference and watch it happen. She (Jen) has a true gift (obviously) in not only seeing what needs to be done, but by knowing how. (That’s where I come in!) With a direction, “Katie Bar The Door!” ~ That’s me, LOL, I always say (and believe) I make a good second. I can lead, but my ultimate strength comes from not giving up, giving in and never quitting.

      I am also so grateful for people such as yourself, Ali… for all the knowledge and experiences you share, for your unending support. For you, being you. Thank you for stopping by.
      ~ Amber-Lee, aka Alaska Chick

      • You are too kind with your words; however, this is why I LOVE TO TANGO. Collaboration is everything, and understanding that it is in sharing that we receive….PRICELESS!

        • LOL! You brought back A LOT of memories with that post, Ali! It was an intense time (Desert Storm)… and that dance, learning it, dancing it, with all my fellow service men… Priceless, indeed.

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