In New York on Monday night at a Share Our Strength dinner at the Four Seasons Restaurant, and on the eve of being named the new anchor of the CBS evening news, Scott Pelley spoke movingly of the 60 Minutes piece he did on hungry and homeless children in Florida. “When we shot that story in November, there were 1,000 homeless kids in Seminole County Schools. Today, there are 1,750 homeless kids, an increase of 70 percent. On the positive side of the ledger, so many thousands of people called us the Monday after we broadcast the story and said, ‘How can we help?’ We know the answer to that question: it is Share Our Strength.”
Pelley demonstrated for all of us yet again the power of bearing witness. We raised a record amount of funds to help bring our No Kid Hungry campaign to New York – and he told of his hope to do some follow-up stories which could help childhood hunger assume its necessary place on the national agenda. Look for a link to his talk here in the near future.