Let’s Stop Child Hunger In America One Child At A Time

Thanksgiving is in a few days which means many families here in America are busy planning their holiday menu. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce… the list of ingredients needed for just this one meal could fill a grocery cart. We are lucky to be able to enjoy such a meal and really to be able to afford food at all. As incredible as it seems for many living in the land of plenty, an estimated 16 million children under 18 years old live in “food insecure” households which means they don’t know where – or when – their next meal will be. This is one of the reasons that I’m partnering with Unilever Project Sunlight this holiday season. I want to shed light on child hunger in America and inspire people to help do something about it.

Last month, Project Sunlight premiered an original documentary, titled Going to Bed Hungry: The Changing Face of Child Hunger, which breaks the stigma of those who are hungry here in America. It also reveals the power and the promise of a shared meal for families across America.

I believe that one meal can change a life and I hope you will join the movement and help turn the tables on child hunger in your city. Here are some things you can do over the holidays (and any time, really):

  • Help a Family in Your Neighborhood:  Simply sharing a meal with a neighbor either in the form of a simple lunch or dinner party, or even packing an extra lunch for your child to take to school, could go a long way.
  • Partner with Local Organizations: Local community organizations are great resources for sharing a meal in your area – simply tap into their networks to see how you can help.
  • Coordinate with Your Local Food Bank: Whether you wish to volunteer or host your own local food drive, use Feeding America’s online Food Bank Locator tool to get in touch with a food bank in your area.
  • Host a Virtual Food Drive: Feeding America’s Personal Fundraiser tool is a great place to start and to reach out to friends, family, and colleagues for contributions.
  • Donate: Consider swapping a night out with a night in and share those extra savings with children and families in need in the form of a donation to Feeding America.
  • Lend Your Voice:  Inspire others by revealing why you’re helping to end child hunger on social media using, “I #ShareAMeal because…”

I know stopping child hunger is a lofty goal but if we all do just one or two things to help that can go far. In the next month I will be working on contributing directly to our new neighborhood and offering to pay some delinquent school lunch balances for kids at the boys’ school along with donating to the food drive our school is hosting.

How will you help?

Help End Child Hunger

(Disclosure: I participated in this program on behalf of ConAgra Foods and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.)

As I sit down to write this post I think about how hungry I am. My stomach rumbles and I realize I forgot to eat lunch and it’s now way past dinner time and I haven’t had that meal either. I’ve been busy all day with work and then was at Jacob’s baseball game tonight. I can take a break and go eat something if I want because my fridge, freezer and pantry are packed. I’m lucky because I have food.

Not all are that lucky. Did you know that more than one in five children in the U.S. may not know where their next meal is coming from? That’s nearly 16 million children, a number that could fill 8,000 playgrounds.

Children who experience even intermittent struggles with hunger may suffer serious, long-term consequences to their health, well-being and educational achievement. What’s more, being hungry robs kids of the promise of childhood – the ability to play, grow and learn.

This is unacceptable. ConAgra Foods believe the same thing and they are partnering with P&G to build a community of people to make a difference and help donate up to 7 million meals through the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign.

How can you get involved? Here are 2 great ways!

* Enter Codes to Trigger Donations. It’s easy to make a difference: Look for the red pushpin on participating product packaging for a code found on these specially marked ConAgra Foods and P&G products. For each 8-digit code entered at www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com from March-August 2014, ConAgra Foods or P&G, respectively, will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America.

Looking for participating products? Find great deals on some at Meijer this week!

Deals at MeijerSale Dates
Banquet Homestyle Bakes: Buy 1 for $2.994/66/1
*Orville Redenbacher’s (6pk or larger): Buy 1, Save $1.004/135/31
Blue Bonnet Sticks: On Sale for $0.694/205/17
Egg Beaters (32oz): Buy 1 for $3.994/215/17
*Hunt’s Ketchup (24oz): Buy 2, Save $1.005/15/31
*Reddi Wip (13 oz): Buy 2, Save $1.005/45/17
Parkay (41 oz tub): Buy 2 for $5.005/45/24
*Healthy Choice Modern or Traditional Classics, Café Steamers, Baked Entrees or Greek Yogurt: Buy 6, Save $1.505/45/31
Healthy Choice (Single Serve Meals): Buy 5 for $10.005/115/17
Marie Callender’s (Single Serve Meals): Buy 11 for $5.005/115/17
Chef Boyardee (15oz): Buy 10 for $10.00, Get 11th FREE5/115/17
Snack Pack (4-pk): Buy 10 for $10.00, Get 11th FREE5/115/17
Wolf Brand Chili with Beans (15oz): Buy 10 for $10.005/115/17
*Lofthouse Cookies: Buy 1, Save $0.755/115/31

 

* Join the Community and Get Involved. One of the easiest ways to learn how to get involved is to join the Child Hunger Ends Here Facebook community at Facebook.com/ChildHungerEndsHere or follow the news on Twitter and Instagram at @ChildHungerEnds.

Here are 10 other ways you can get involved. How will you help end child hunger?