So many things went through my head when I decided to take The Kookie Box in this direction. Are we giving Chippy a voice too soon? Have we yet even realized who Chippy is and where his heart lies? The company isn’t making a huge profit… The company should be focusing on cookies, not causes… just yet… Putting the spotlight on food insecurity and environmental has absolutely nothing to do with the product… cookies. My fear was that the people who patronize The Kookie Box would feel the same way.
Fear, as most of us have probably come to realize, is quite noisy. In fact, if we’re not careful, fear can silence our conscience, our drive and our desire to do what needs to be done.
At present, countless students are breaking for the summer. While pop culture associates summer break with blissful trips to the beach, picnics at the park and other thrilling activities that celebrate a reprieve from the pressures of school days (daze), other kids are facing different pressures. Other kids rely on school for far more than an education, they also rely on school for food. Early mornings and evenings, weekends, holidays, spring breaks, winter vacations, natural disasters are dreadful because if there’s no school, there’s a possibility of not having anything to eat. Jarring, isn’t it? Imagine a child going to school having to face any more than the weight of a pop quiz. The effects of food insecurity on students’ health and their academic performance are arresting. We know of, and have committed to researching more about, the link between household income level and risk for being food insecure.
Proceeds from this comic will go toward our efforts of combating hunger in food insecure regions in Palm Beach County, home of The Kookie Box. By purchasing Chippy: Global Citizen, aptly named after the comic’s quirky protagonist, please know that you’re helping to stock someone’s refrigerator, you’re relieving a parent’s stress, you’re helping to provide a family with agency and you’re doing your part in alleviating a grave injustice that our society faces.
In writing the first issue of Chippy: Global Citizen, I intended to give the reading audience a glimpse into Chippy’s heart. No doubt, Chippy is not omniscient and is just as flawed as the rest of us, but there was no need to highlight that rabbit hole right off. I need the audience to understand that Chippy simply has an innate desire to make things that he perceives as wrong, right.
“We rise by lifting others.” - Robert Ingersoll