Header

 
 

KZSC 88.1

KZSC 88.1 was nice enough to have myself and Shawn Hatjes on air to discuss childhood hunger and malnutrition in Santa Cruz County.  Hosts of Conciliation Sunday Kevin Spitzer and Melissa Stone had a flurry of interesting questions and discussions ranged from why to how. Danny and Shawn go over every aspect of how Grind Out Hunger works and why the schools are so involved.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

With 1 in 4 children going food insecure in Santa Cruz County and over 55,000 people a month needing emergency food support, Grind Out Hunger in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County is doing everything it can to “educate and involve the community to end hunger and malnutrition”. Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County distributes over 700,000 pounds of food per month with over half being fresh fruit and produce through 200 member agencies and food for children distributions.

Grind Out Hunger was created through the vision of skateboarders helping kids overcome hunger. Santa Cruz Skate and Surf Shop founded Grind Out Hunger with the goal of inspiring kids to help kids; Danny Keith mentions “by going directly to the schools and talking with the kids, it has a huge impact.” Grind Out Hunger is an educational piece challenging local elementary, middle and high schools to raise food and money for hungry children in the community. Since the inception of Grind Out Hunger the youth of Santa Cruz County has collected over 1 million pounds of food for working poor families and children.

“The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they – at some distant point in the future – will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely… because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile.”quote by Alvin Toffler

Shawn Hatjes, Danny Keith and Melissa Stone on KZSC 88.1 Conciliation Sunday

About 6 months back Lindsey Graham-Jones interviewed me for KQED and NPR around their “California, the Giving State” where they highlight people doing non-profit work. I am really stoked on the momentum Grind Out Hunger has and I know we are inches away from becoming a nationwide charity.

Danny Keith on Grind Out Hunger Giving State Audio KQED and NPR "Danny Keith on Grind Out Hunger"





Danny Keith on Grind Out Hunger over KQED and NPR

PAPÁS Fatherhood Questions

June 20th, 2010 | Posted by dk in Interviews | Media - ()
My PAPÁS quotes, thanks Troy Virostko for including me in this wonderful opportunity to speak about Fatherhood…

Name: Danny Keith

Occupation: Founder Grind Out Hunger, owner Santa Cruz Skate and Surf Shop and Development Officer for Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County.

How many children do you have? 3

What does fatherhood mean to you? The opportunity to educate and raise my children with open minds and creative thinking. To provide them with a nurturing environment that allows and encourages intelligence and compassion. Finally to teach them to love unconditionally and appreciate everyday.

What is the best part of being a father or father-figure? The best part of being both a father and father figure in the community has to be watching the successes of the children I have mentored and help guide down life s tricky paths. My goal has always been and will continue to be changing children s lives one at a time and building a better community.

What is the challenging part of being a father or father-figure? For me there is no challenging part of being a father or father figure. I embrace the youth and speak to them with respect and admiration. You have to understand that the youth of today are the future leaders of tomorrow and not just to be seen and not heard.

What advice do you have for fathers or father-figures in our community? The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they at some distant point in the future will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile. Quote from Alvin Toffler

VISIT http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/papas

PAPÁS, Supporting Father Involvement (S.F.I.) is part of a state-wide study aiming to positively increase fathers’ involvement in their family’s lives. We offer fun and educational opportunities about the beneficial role of father figures in the family and community. We also run discussion-format workshops for fathers and couples as part of a study on how to effectively promote father involvement.

18 West Lake Avenue, Suite L, Watsonville, CA 95076

Phone: 763-3123

http://www.papassfi.org/