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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.

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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

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/

The 2010 NEXTies

January 24th, 2010 | Posted by dk in Charity | Grind Out Hunger - ()

I have faith in the world again.

Last night I was awarded a NEXTie award with three other amazing people Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, Reyna Ruiz and Marina Sousa held at the old Wrigleys Gum Factory…yes they use to make gum in Santa Cruz.

A night at the NEXTies

A night at the NEXTies

My wife and I arrived to find the venue artfully decorated and definitely 1st class, there was a bit of comedy when we tried to check in as my name wasn’t on the guest list….thank god they had the party poster nearby with my pic on it…it was a close one as I saw security eyeballing me lol. Once we worked out that issue which was hilarious as I had to have Ryan Coonerty vouch for me and then all was fine. As the sold event filled in and the food rolled out, people started mingling and the party was getting started. Ironically, the first people we spoke with were Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz and Reyna Ruiz (2 of the 3 other award recipients) you could tell the nervous energy was built up as we were excited to be honored and really had no idea what was in store for the evening. Greg Archer and Jeff Dinnell were on fire making sure to get film outtakes with all the nominees and making the event even brighter. Jeffrey Kongslie, MC and man de la extraordinaire with his spiffy bow tie was full of energy and a phenomenal host to all that showed to celebrate the gala in store. After carousing the crowd and eating the fine hor devours it was time to get down to business. I was up first and Ryan Coonerty along with an insane video bio introduced me to the stage and I had my moment to share with the crowd what Grind Out Hunger meant to me through this quote from Alvin Toffler:

“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.”

I had the time of my life as my wife and I made it around the capacity crowd talking about Grind Out Hunger and what an inspiration it is to the youth of Santa Cruz County.  My friends and colleagues came out in full support of the evening, Willy McCrea, Shane and Eden Gallagher, Paul Gallagher, Gina Renna and Eric Walters, Sean and Valerie Sinnot, Christian Sacoolas and Jen Nelson. I also ran into a few of my Facebook and Twitter friends Dewey Decibel, Mosiac Moon and MRosas who shared the wonderful evening.

Greg Archer, Jeff Dinell my lovely wife Taniya and yours truly DK

Greg Archer, Jeff Dinell my lovely wife Taniya and yours truly DK

Tons of thanks and gratitude go out to Ryan Coonerty for nominating me, Greg Archer for believing in me, Willy McCrea Second Harvest Food Bank for taking a chance on me and Grind Out Hunger, Jeff Dinnell for capturing my essence on video, Jeffrey Kongslie, Timerie Gordon, Santa Cruz Next and its board, Santa Cruz Skate and Surf Shop, all the volunteers that helped setup, my wife Taniya and especially…especially the youth of Santa Cruz County…this award is ours!!!!