Last night my young friend Harrison and I worked out we could give four children three meals a day for nearly a year with the money raised during our recent Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry.
I set a goal of $300 for the sale. Share Our Strength recommends a goal of $700. But this wasn't going to be a "send out press releases and recruit the masses" sale---only a "set up a table and see who brought cash with them to dance class" sale.
We raised $403.04. No Kid Hungry connects children with 10 healthy meals for every dollar. That's 4,030 meals!
Harrison's idea was to divide 4,030 by 3, which gave us 1,343 remainder 1. That's 1,343 days of 3 meals a day, plus an extra meal. Then we divided 1,343 by 365 to see what that means in years. That took a little longer, and we had to use pen and paper. The result was 3 years and 248 days of 3 meals a day (plus the extra meal from before).
Done another way (dividing 1,343 three-meal days among 4 kids), we get 335 remainder 3. That means those 4 children get 3 meals a day for 335 days, and 3 of them get another day. We want to feed them all equally, so let's multiply out the extra 3 three-meal days to get 9 meals. Let's add the extra meal from above (the remainder from figuring out the number of three-meal days) and we get 10 meals. Divide 10 meals among 4 children, and each kid gets 2 1/2 meals.
So with the money from our sale, we're feeding 4 kids 3 meals a day for 335 days, plus 2 1/2 meals on the 336th day. Not bad.
But during the month of November, Domino and C&H sugar are matching all bake sale proceeds. How many children can we feed with $806.08?
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