Name: Amy Adams
Hometown: Vicenza, Italy; raised in Castle Rock, Colorado
Most famous for: Her role as the cheerful princess in Enchanted
How she got connected to food: The closing of schools due to COVID-19 and the impact that had on children’s nutrition and education drew Adams to food
What she cares about: Making sure kids are not missing out on learning or eating healthy during the COVID-19 school closures
What she is doing about it: Launching a fundraising campaign with her friend Jennifer Garner to promote children’s education and nutrition
Food project(s): Adams has teamed with Scholastic, which is known for publishing, selling, and distributing books and educational materials for schools, teachers, parents, and children to launch #SaveWithStories to benefit Save the Children and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaigns. According to No Kid Hungry, 57 million students across the country depend on schools for learning and development, and 30 million children eat school meals. With thousands of schools closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, these kids are at risk for food insecurity.
Under the aegis of #Save With Stories, Adams and her celebrity friends, will share their favorite books and stories on Instagram and Facebook to drive donations to Save the Children and No Kid Hungry. In an effort to ensure that children still have access to meals during school closures, No Kid Hungry plans to provide emergency grants to food banks and community groups, divert resources to the hardest-hit communities, and help families find meals while continuing to ensure that every kid gets three meals a day.
Adams launched the initiative on Monday, March 19th on Instagram and inaugurated her digital presence on the platform.
“THIRTY MILLION CHILDREN in the United States rely on school for food. School closures will hit vulnerable communities hard and @savethechildren and @nokidhungry are on the ground and ready to serve. They just need our help!
“These funds will help us make sure that families know how to find meals when schools are closed, support mobile meal trucks, food banks and other community feeding programs, provide educational toys, books and worksheets, and support out-of-school-time programs to help kids make up for lost time in the classroom,” Adams posted.
Garner started the storytelling fundraiser by reading The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark and Adams followed shortly after by narrating Dinosaur Princess, a story written by her 9-year-old daughter, Aviana Olea, and illustrated by her actor and artist husband, Darren Le Gallo. Since its launch, more stars, including Reese Witherspoon, Jimmy Fallon, Camila Cabello and Noah Centineo, have also signed on to read stories.
“The impact of the coronavirus will be compounded for kids living with hunger, as schools close and school meals disappear,” said Billy Shore, Founder and Executive Chair of Share Our Strength. “But there is no shortage of food in this country, and this is a problem we can solve. Thanks to Jennifer and Amy’s leadership, and support from the American public, we can raise the critical funds needed to help kids continue to get the healthy meals they need.”
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