Americans Rally Around Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale to End Childhood Hunger

As summer kicks into high gear and people across the country plan Independence Day celebrations, Share Our Strength(R), the leading national organization working to end childhood hunger in the United States, reports that thousands of Americans are giving back to their communities by participating in Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale(R), presented by Domino(R) Sugar and C&H(R) Sugar. Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale is a national effort that encourages individuals to help end childhood hunger by holding bake sales in their communities.

In these tough times, neighbors, co-workers, businesses and families nationwide are making a difference. Bake sales are planned in all 50 states as well as in Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, with nearly 7,000 people participating. (Those interested in holding a bake sale have until August 31 to register at greatamericanbakesale.org.)

Funds raised through bake sales stay local and help Share Our Strength fund after-school and summer meals. "Today, more families in America are facing hunger due to the economy and rising unemployment," said Bill Shore, Share Our Strength Founder and Executive Director. "Summer is an especially difficult time because the more than 12 million children facing hunger in America no longer have access to the school meals they rely on," added Shore.

Great American Bake Sale empowers individuals, including children, to make a difference in their own communities and become part of the solution. Since 2003, more than 1.3 million people have participated in the Great American Bake Sale, raising nearly $5 million. These efforts have helped serve more than 5.6 million meals to children in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

Great American Bake Sale is supported by Food Network, Share Our Strength's national television partner. Food Network celebrity Duff Goldman, star of Ace of Cakes, is a 2009 Great American Bake Sale spokesperson. The season premiere of Ace of Cakes (airing July 19 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern/9:00 p.m. Central on Food Network) features Duff and his Charm City Cakes staff as they hold a Great American Bake Sale of their own in the heart of Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

Great American Bake Sale is also supported by Family Circle, national print partner, and Ultragrain, product partner. To register or learn more visit www.GreatAmericanBakesale.org.

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