Since 2003, more than a million people have participated in the Great American Bake Sale, raising nearly $4 million to fight hunger in communities across America.
"Having a bake sale is an easy and fun way for people to make a difference in the lives of the more than 12 million American children at risk of hunger," said campaign spokesperson Sandra Lee. "Everyone in your community and workplace can get involved by baking their favorite semi-homemade recipes."
Lee is the popular star of Food Network's Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee and a premier lifestyle and food expert. As a child Lee was faced with hunger -- she along with her four younger siblings survived on food stamps -- which was only very recently revealed in her memoir, Made from Scratch, published by Meredith Books.
"The Great American Bake Sale is an awesome way to raise funds for kids in your community facing hunger. No blowtorch is needed," said Duff Goldman, host of Food Network's most popular nighttime show Ace of Cakes.
Funds raised from the Great American Bake Sale will be granted to organizations to support summer and after school feeding programs for low-income children. In the summer, only 7% of children eligible for summer feeding programs participate in them -- leaving millions of school children to look elsewhere for food. Just one summer of poor nutrition can severely impact a child's performance in school.
Since 2003, bake sale funds have supported more than 100 organizations across America. Funds raised from the Great American Bake Sale also support Share Our Strength's Operation Frontline Program, a groundbreaking nutrition-education program that connects families and children with food by teaching them how to prepare healthy, tasty meals on a limited budget. With the help of funds raised from the Great American Bake Sale, Operation Frontline has been able to teach 1,501 courses, reaching more than 16,000 low-income adults and children.
Anyone can hold a bake sale with their friends, family or co-workers from now through June 30 by registering at greatamericanbakesale.org. For exclusive bake sale recipes from Sandra Lee, visit semihomemade.com.
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