First Day of Autumn
September 22, 2016
BENEFITING: Friends of the World Food Program
EVENT DATE: Jan 01, 2017
Halloween candy, Thanksgiving feasts, and holiday parties - excess calories abound throughout the holidays.
Violent conflict, unforgiving droughts, natural disasters - calorie shortages abound throughout the world.
The average American will gain one pound during the holiday season, which can be attributed to about 3,500 extra calories. The average human body needs approximately 2,100 calories per day, and nearly 800 million people worldwide are deficient. How about a calorie exchange? Calorie excess reciprocates calorie restraint.
1¢ = 1 calorie
For example, let's say that Beyoncé just enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast. Everyone - she, you, and I - deserve(s) enjoyable holiday feasting. She is considering topping off her feasting with an extra 500 calories from a second helping of Jay Z's famous fully-loaded marshmallow sweet potatoes and 500 more calories by way of an extra slice of pecan pie. Instead of indulging in double calorie-laden delights, she gives 1000 pennies toward feeding someone that doesn't know what it feels like to have a full belly.
- $10.00 can provide a 3-year-old refugee with 10 days of Plumpy'Doz--a special nutrition product designed to help children from becoming malnourished.
- $50.00 can provide a hungry kidngergarten in Myanmar with a nutritious school lunch every day for an entire year.
- $100.00 can provide 25 flood survivors in Pakistan with enough High Energy Biscuits to meet their nutritional needs for over a week.
Instead of passively eating thousands of excess calories while holiday munching, we can purposefully provide calories to thousands of hungry men, women, and children worldwide.