Love Kettle Corn

by Julie on July 5, 2012

in Cleveland

This post was intended to be focused on the blogger bike tour on a couple weeks ago. But, the more I thought about it, I wanted the focus to be a little different. The event itself was pretty awesome, and I can honestly say that I felt like a tourist in my own town, which I feel that many people don’t take advantage of.

Before I go on, please see the recaps of some Ohio Blogging Association Bloggers:

Poise in Parma

Clue into Cleveland

Rust Belt Runner

Am I There Yet?

ROJ Running

Finishing Firsts

Instead, while on the tour and visiting the BikeCLE and Great Lakes Tour Company at The Bike Rack, I learned about something else. Something that really spoke to me as an educator. Not only did Anne Smith start up BikeCLE in 2010, she also started a company called Love Kettle Corn.

Love Kettle Corn helps feed kids on the weekends. Did you know that more than 31 million kiddos receive a free (and I’m guessing reduced) lunch at school? I know where I work and many other schools offer breakfast as well. But, what happens on the weekends?

I spoke with Anne a little bit after the ride and she really is passionate about this cause, and for good reason. She explained that some of her children’s friends would come to her house to eat on the weekends because there was no food available to them. These instances spoke to her and she created Love Kettle Corn.

As a school professional, I know first hand how important it is for students to have access to food. Learning starts at home and if the environment is not providing adequate food and nourishment, learning becomes the least priority. If a child does not eat, they do not care about math class, or finishing their homework. Their first priority is getting fed and Anne helping to make this happen in the Cleveland area.

Please consider donating to this wonderful cause. If you purchase one bag of kettle corn, they will give a child one meal through Blessings in a Backpack. Students who participate in these programs show a marked improvement in overall achievement, behavior, and health. Anne gave us samples of the popcorn and it was delicious. The right amount of sugar and salt which made it perfection. I stole two bags because popcorn is a whole separate food group in my eyes.

If popcorn isn’t your thing, consider participating in a free ride through BikeCLE and you will have the opportunity to donate!

{All pictures respectfully stolen from Amanda, with permission}

P.S. We were featured in the Plain Dealer! Here’s one picture, but there is more! Love it.

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Alicia at Poise in Parma July 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Their popcorn was quite the discovery for me that evening as well. Yes it was delicious but its purpose was even better. So happy you shared the OBA experience in this way!
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Crystal @EatDrinkCleveland July 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Love this! I’ll definitely spread the word.
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