Copy and Paste: Introduction of By2015:AMERICA
The By2015:AMERICA Movement seeks to do what most persons are calling the impossible. We want to reduce the number of children hungry in America from 31 million to less than one million. We have a plan. It is actually possible. Even in only 34 months.To facilitate such we would like to introduce you to the Lead Coordinator. He seeks to communicate the Four Point Plan clearly to 330 million Americans.
After earning a letter signed by five sitting State Democratic Senators for single-handedly conducting a letter campaign supporting an increase in Alaska’s minimum wage, Anchorage-based community activist, Kokayi Nosakhere, turned his attention towards addressing child hunger in America.
New York State has 1,616,843 children who live in poverty rate households. The State leaves $79.5 million in federal funding by not inspiring parents to bring children to school in time for breakfast.*
Sitting down with a “think tank” made up of Leadership Anchorage graduates, a national plan to address child hunger by the deadline of December 31, 2015 was crafted in September 2009. It was imagined that Nosakhere would spearhead a movement entitled, By2015:AMERICA, designed to inspire average Americans to devote their time, talent and energy towards fully resourcing the existing anti-hunger network.
America is blessed with innumerable food pantries, usually operated by churches and fed by an established, highly functional network of 205 Food Banks. These food banks provide bulk food at discounted prices or no cost. The food pantries re-distribute the food gathered by food banks to individual citizens in the community.
America also has a national school feeding program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture. Some 32 million meals are served to American children each school day. Under the Obama Administration, the USDA is commissioned to meet the United Nation’s Millennium Goal of ending child hunger in America by 2015.
Texas has 3,251,489 children who live in poverty rate households. The State leaves $63.5 million in federal funding by not inspiring parents to bring children to school in time for breakfast.
While non-profits are how Americans normally tackle social ills, the Leadership Anchorage “think tank” did not see the need for another non-profit competing for governmental dollars and strongly suggested that By2015:AMERICA choose to become an “ad hoc coalition” of activists and anti-hunger organizations. Everything is already mechanically in place to address child hunger in America. All that is needed is the cultivation of the American Will to accomplish the goal.
On March 2, 2010 Nosakhere presented the “national plan” at an IGNITE Anchorage event, officially launching the By2015:AMERICA Movement. This four minute presentation captivated the attention of Alaska’s news media, earning Nosakhere attention on the cover of Alaska’s third largest newspaper. Brendan Joel Kelley’s article “framed” Nosakhere’s passion as laser-like focus on the goal at hand. “The genius of America is at stake,” Nosakhere has said. “If our children do not receive the nutrition that they need their brains will not develop properly!”
North Carolina has 1,029,015 children who live in poverty rate households. The State leaves $30.5 million in federal funding by not inspiring parents to bring children to school in time for breakfast
Thanks to The Anchorage Press’s cover article, Nosakhere became more recognizable on Anchorage street corners. He stood there with simple cardboard sign which read: END CHILD HUNGER. This act raised awareness that 51,000 children were hungry in Alaska, inspiring the Food Bank of Alaska to do something similar for one of its Hunger Action Month activities in October 2010.
Not content with politics alone, Nosakhere worked with Don Burrell Jr. to institutionalize Children’s Meal Mission (CMM), founded by George Bell in November 2009. Since then, CMM has served over 150,000 meals to children inside of the Mountain View neighborhood where 1,585 children are counted as hungry by the USDA.
On behalf of those children, the By2015:AMERICA Movement appealed to the State legislature to support Senate Bill 3, which granted $1.9 million to Alaska’s school districts state-wide. This Bill was ignored by House Finance Chair Rep. Bill Stotlze for three years. He refused to have the Bill heard in committee so that it could be released for a vote on the House Floor.
Ohio has 1,120,722 children who live in “poverty rate” households. The State leaves $33.6 million in federal funding by not inspiring parents to bring children to school in time for breakfast.
On January 3, 2012 the By2015:AMERICA Movement announced that Lead Coordinator, Kokayi Nosakhere, would inspire Rep. Stotlze to do the right thing by staging a hunger strike.
It took 28 days, however, The Juneau Hunger Strike accomplished its goal. Eventually, Alaskan lawmakers allocated $3 million towards the state-wide school nutrition program. Nosakhere earned a front page article on Alaska’s number one newspaper, The Anchorage Daily News, and national exposure for By2015:AMERICA’s efforts.
Georgia has 1,131,496 children who live in poverty rate households. The State leaves $27.2 million in federal funding by not inspiring parents to bring children to school in time for breakfast.
Having succeeded in raising awareness of the issue in Alaska, By2015:AMERICA seeks to establish a pilot program in Minnesota, which it will distribute throughout the continental United States to accomplish the goal of addressing child hunger inside the borders of the United States within the next 34 months. It has already reached out and received support from a New York youth-based non-profit called Supreme Life Givers Youth Inc.
Currently, the Minnesota anti-hunger network identifies 240,000 children hungry throughout the State. The greatest concentration of child hunger is in the urban areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
You can help by:
1) Sharing this email with your network of friends and concerned citizens. Simply forward it to five people whom you believe will respond positively to it.
2) Visit the By2015:AMERICA blog to read the national plan: “Four Point Solution to Child Hunger in America.” https://by2015america.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/the-four-point-solution-to-child-hunger-in-america/
To contact the By2015:AMERICA Movement please call the Lead Coordinator at 907-884-4710 or email him at email@example.com.
* Source for Number of Children who are hungry. http://www.azfoodbanks.org/images/uploads/FRAC%20child_and_adult_poverty_tables_2010.pdf
* Source for the amount of money States leave on the table.