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February 14, 2012 > End childhood hunger with the Great American Bake Sale(r)

End childhood hunger with the Great American Bake Sale(r)

Submitted By Crystal Hedrick

Share Our Strength(r), the nation's leading nonprofit working to end childhood hunger, encourages bakers everywhere to take their extra day in 2012 - Leap Day - and make it count by committing to host a bake sale to help end childhood hunger. Individuals and groups sign up to host bake sales in their local communities and send the funds they raise to support Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry(r) Campaign. The ninth annual Great American Bake Sale, presented by Domino Sugar(r), C&H Sugar(r) and Duncan Hines(r), officially launches on February 29 and runs through the end of the year.

In addition to the leap year launch, the Great American Bake Sale will hold its National Challenge Weekend April 20-22 with a goal of hosting 500 bake sales - at least 10 in every state - in one weekend.

"With one in five kids in America struggling with hunger, it's more important than ever to get involved and help connect children with the food they need," says Great American Bake Sale Director Amy Crowell. "It's one of the simplest and most enduring fundraising ideas around."

Since 2003, more than 1.2 million people have participated in the Great American Bake Sale, raising more than $8 million used in a variety of ways, from working with Federal and state governments and local nonprofits to make sure that children and parents at-risk of hunger are using the nutrition programs they're eligible for; to educating families about how to plan, shop for and prepare the affordable, healthy meals; and advocating for change that will end childhood hunger in America.

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