Bearing Witness

by Billy Shore

How Share Our Strength is Helping Kids Impacted by the California Wildfires

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Dozens of wildfires continue to sweep through California, blazing through canyons and across mountains in the Golden State. In their wake are hundreds of thousands of scorched acres and thousands of destroyed homes.

As firefighters work to contain the blaze, which has sent California into a state of emergency, Share Our Strength – the organization behind the No Kid Hungry campaign – is stepping in to help meet increased demand for food and supplies for families and communities impacted by these fires. Though much of our work takes place in schools, we know that hungry children in a crisis need all the help we can provide.

To support the families and kids impacted by this disaster, Share Our Strength is making a $10,000 grant to Dignity Health Connected Living (DHCL) in Redding, CA.

DHCL serves one of the locations hit hardest by the Carr wildfires in Northern California and, in addition to using its facilities as an evacuation center, is providing emergency food assistance and CalFresh outreach to the community.

While almost half of the displaced families near Redding are now heading home, they’re returning to smoke damaged houses and spoiled food. Share Our Strength funding will ensure that DHCL is able to meet the demand for food and supplies throughout this critical period.

The people of California are in our thoughts and prayers. Share Our Strength stands ready to do what we can to help families rebuild and ensure that their children have enough to eat.

You can help, too. We urge everyone who supports Share Our Strength and the No Kid Hungry campaign to donate what you can to Dignity Health Connected Living to help make their work possible.