Did you know that as many as one in six* people in the United States is going hungry. Right here in our own country. Adults, seniors and children. Millions of families. They’re often hardworking adults who just can’t make ends meet because of the economy or other circumstances and chances many of these 1 in 6 people are in your own community and you’re not even aware of it. Kids are especially at risk, and children who might be able to receive free or reduced meals during the school year often can face more serious hunger issues during the summer when these programs are not available.
When school isn’t in sessions, food pantries especially need to to provide an extra important supply of food to families who aren’t getting this extra support from their schools. While your own family might not have a ton, even small donations can help and a program called Champions for Kids is asking individuals and groups to gather family and friends to “Pack a Sack” and bring non-perishable food items to your local food pantries to help kids to have a happier and healthier summer.
We regularly get different blogging projects and assignments here at Two Kids and a Coupon and one of my favorites is always when we get a chance to give back. While my husband and I are fortunate enough right now to be able to provide right now for our our family, we know that live can change circumstances in an instance. We both grew up in homes where there sometimes wasn’t enough and we feel it’s important not only to give back, but to teach our kids to as well. One of the things we love about couponing is that our coupon deals and freebies allow us regularly to be able to make very large donations we wouldn’t normally be able to make, This month we were asked by a sponsor to take a special shopping trip with our family to Walmart and shop for donations for our local food pantry.
We headed out to our local Walmart and of course, we brought our coupons with us to make the most of our shopping budget!
We headed hit the aisles using our coupons and that week’s top deals to get some great prices on some healthy items that we could donate to the local food pantry in our local community.
We also asked some of our friends to pick up some additional donations as well, and our little man helped us pack up our donations before we dropped them off at the food pantry this week. We live in a very,very small town where every one knows everyone, so we didn’t take photos of our food drop off to respect the privacy of the individuals who were there picking up supplies for their families. However as always, our local pantry was very grateful and like most food pantries everywhere, they are in desperate need of donations.
While most of us are watching our budgets tightly this time of year, even small donations can make a big difference. Donations can be small, and can be items and time, rather than cash. Consider rounding up your family and friends for a simple Service project in your community and be sure to report it on the Champions for Kids website. Help them meet their goal of motivating 20 million people by 2020 and for more information on this great initiative, check out the links below.
Champions For Kids Website: http://championsforkids.org/index.php
Champions For Kids on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChampionsForKids
Champions For Kids on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Champions4kids
Champions For Kids on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/championsforkid
Are you or your family already giving back? Leave a comment below and let me know what you’re doing, or what groups you know need help in your own communities!
Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and Champions For Kids. #MobilizingMillions #cbias #SocialFabric.
* Statistic courtesy of FeedingAmerica.org.