Five Ideas for Taking Action Against Childhood Hunger
Disclosure: I worked with The Motherhood on this post, sponsored by ConAgra Foods. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Earlier this month I share with you some information about childhood hunger especially during summer months when school is out and children who rely on the free or reduced lunch programs are without those meals. I gave great tips in the post about how you can help the fight against childhood hunger and how you could help with a #HungerFreeSummer. I’ve been thinking of ways I could help in my own community. I live right across the street from our zoned elementary school and they never offer any programs during the summer months. It started to make me think of ways I could help others. Here’s a few ideas for taking action against childhood hunger in your communities.
Five Ideas for Taking Actions Against Childhood Hunger:
- Donate Food – You can always check the internet for local food pantries or check with local churches. Food pantries are always looking for donations and even more during summer months and holidays. When shopping for your own families pick up a few extras and drop them off at a shelter or food bank. Some supermarkets also have options to purchase bags of already packaged foods for a small flat fee. You could purchase one of those knowing its going to help a family in need. To find a local food bank visit the Feeding America Food Bank Locator page.
- Donate Time – While visiting Colorado Springs recently we drove past the Feeding America Food Bank distribution center. There were a few cars in the parking lot and you could see trucks unloading. Often we remember to purchase the food and drop it off but we forget the step of giving some of our time. Even if it’s just two hours, that time could help with organizing food boxes, sorting goods or even delivering food. Donating your time is also an option for someone who may not have extra food to donate. Especially if you are a recipient, donating your time is a great way to pay it forward in another way.
- Hold a Food Drive – Use your networks to help organize and hold a food drive to collect donations for food banks. You can organize them through your community, churches, PTA, play groups and more.
- Advocate – We all have the power to effect change, being an advocate for others are a great way to help take action in your community. If you notice there aren’t any summer feeding sites for children in your community write a letter to your congressman or congresswomen. Write to the school board or call and see why there isn’t summer programs and why you can help. Encourage others to take action and share with them the importance of taking action.
- Give Money – A little goes a long way and if you can donate money to your local food bank, they can use it. Those donations help organizations provide services to those in need as well as pay for operations.
Those are just a few ideas to help take action. You can also join the Fight for a Hunger Free Summer with ConAgra Foods, there are so many great ways for you to join in and help with the fight against hunger. You will be amazed at how easy it is to make a difference. Check out my short video of how you can help by simply purchasing the Red Push Pin Products from Con Agra Foods. Also check out the Feeding America A Childlike Summer Pinterest Board for tons of great ideas from other bloggers of how you can take action now and in the future.
Call To Action:
View, like or share Kid President’s new video to raise awareness for kids who are at risk of hunger this summer and help make kids’ summers “awesome!” Every time you take one of these actions, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization, Feeding America, up to two million meals.1
1For every view, like or share of this Kid President video recorded on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Google+ from May 22, 2014 through July 31, 2014, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate 11.1¢, the cost for Feeding America to provide one meal through its network of local food banks. Minimum donation of 10,000 meals ($11,111). Maximum donation of two million meals ($222,000). Valid in U.S. only.
What’s the Hubbub with Kid President
Two week ago some of the Hub Club Bloggers had the opportunity to chat with Robby Novak (Kid President) and Brad Montague – the series creator/executive director. If you’re not familiar let me share a brief back story. Robby and his brother in law have a very popular show on Youtube called Kid President, that show was recently picked up by the Hub Network. The series premiered on the Hub Network about three weeks ago and it airs on Saturday’s at 7 PM EST. Each week Kid President explores different themes, chat with families all around the country and even spend some time with celebrity friends. You can check out the Hub Chat below and see all Robby and Brad had to share including tips on starting your own youtube channel, his favorite interviews and more.
Join the Fight for a Hunger Free Summer with ConAgra Foods, there are so many great ways for you to join in and help with the fight against hunger. You will be amazed at how easy it is to make a difference. Here are one way to help, one you can do right now and get your friends and family to join in the fight as well. View, like or share Kid President’s new video to raise awareness for kids who are at risk of hunger this summer and help make kids’ summers “awesome!” Every time you take one of these actions, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization, Feeding America, up to two million meals.1
About Kid President:
Ten-year-old Robby Novak created a worldwide following after his moving video, A Pep Talk from Kid President to You, went viral. That video is part of a YouTube series titled Kid President that has more than 75 million total views. Kid Presidents online series is based on the belief that kids have a voice that needs to be heard and together with grown-ups they can make the world a better place. One of Kid Presidents core philosophies is to “treat everybody like it’s their birthday.”
At the Hub Network, Robbys Kid President platform is one that we think everyone can embrace, because he is charming, clever, funny, inspirational and very relevant to todays kids and families, said Margaret Loesch, President and CEO, Hub Network. With over 75 million views, we know Kid President has the kind of cross-generational appeal that will speak to our core audience of children who like watching our shows with their parents and families.
Kid President is all about getting kids and grown-ups to work together to make the world more awesome, says Executive Producer Rainn Wilson. This show is an amazing blend of humor and heart, and The Hub Network is the perfect place for us to continue our mission to give the world a reason to dance. Plus, the network sent us an industrial-sized freezer full of corndogs. And we will do just about anything for corndogs.
Red, White & Blue Cookies
This summer I am working with The Motherhood on a partnership with Feeding America on their “A Childlike Summer” campaign. When I think of summer I can think of so many great things for you to do and of course there’s Independence Day – July 4th. So what’s a great way to have a child like summer and celebrate our nation’s independence? With cookies of course. They are a very popular snack and so easy to make and enjoy. These Red, White & Blue Cookies (Cranberry, Blueberry & White Chocolate Chip Cookies) are a great way to celebrate and have your children enjoy the summer. For this recipe I just twerked my Sooner Specials recipe to create this treat.
- 1 cup margarine/butter, softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup dried blueberries
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). *please note that not all ovens are the same, I bake mines at 350, its up to you if you choose to bake at 375 or 350* Grease cookie sheets.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg. Combine the flour and baking soda; stir into the sugar mixture. Mix in the white chocolate chips, blueberries and cranberries. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. For best results, take them out while they are still doughy. Allow cookies to cool for 1 minute on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
I used Blue Bonnet to bake my cookies so while I’m feeding my kids hunger, I am also helping in the fight to end child hunger. You can easily join in the fight as well by purchasing products that contain the red pin. When you get home make sure you find the code from the packages and enter it online. Each code equals a meal to a child who needs it. Be sure to check back for more posts and join me in helping with a #HungerFreeSummer. I hope you give these cookies a try.
Five Reasons To Enjoy Wonderful Halos
Disclosure: I was provided a product sample to review and a gift pack to giveaway. Any and all opinions expressed are my own.
Spring is here, and even though it doesn’t feel like it in my neck of the woods I am excited about the possibilities. I recently had the opportunity to review Wonderful Halos with my kids. They love mandarins, especially my daughter, she just can’t get enough of them. When the package arrived I knew it wouldn’t be long before they were all gone and I was so right.
It didn’t take long for my kids to start enjoying their Halos and it seems they have the funniest reasons as to why they think they should have a treat. I don’t mind since it’s a healthy snack and it’s a good for you. I wanted to share this review from the point of view of the kids since they are the ones who mostly enjoyed the Halos and I’m doing that with a twist. So here’s five reasons to enjoy Wonderful Halos.
- It makes a great lunch box snack – Parent’s these guys were my daughter’s snack of choice when we had them in stock. She picked them over fruit snacks, chips, cookies and any other options I offered her. She really likes fruits and I try to make sure we have some on hand always. Her favorites are strawberries and mandarins (citrus). My sons like bananas better but they do eat Halos when we have them as well.
- They’s naturally good – our Halos were sweet and full of flavor. They are sweet, seedless, and easy to peel. They are non-GMO, all natural and fit perfect in kids hands. I really like that these are seedless because I can give them to my toddler without worrying about seeds. They are really sweet and perfect to use in place of candy and junk for your sweet tooth.
- It’s a great afternoon or after dinner snack – Most afternoons when the kids are home from school they ask for a snack. Both my kids have lunch at school before 11:30 AM and they are not done with school until 3:45 PM. It’s a huge gap and often times they want a snack when they get home before dinner. Halos is a super choice because it’s not sugary sweets that will ruin their appetite before dinner. The same applies for after dinner there are a few nights they will want “dessert” and I can offer them Halos and feel good about making that choice.
- Support a good cause – Halos not only taste good but they are a company that does good. They give fresh fruit to feed thousands in California’s Central Valley each week. They have also partnered with Feeding America to help feed even more families in need. They hope to feed at least 1.3 million families though this new partnership. They also invest in education and donate up to 2 million annually to California’s Central Valley schools through, scholarships, grants, & early childhood education and summer programs.
- The company cares about the environment – If the environment is important to you and it should be then you will be glad to know that half of the energy that powers the Halos packing facility comes from green energy generation. They have one of the largest customer-owned solar rooftops. They also conserve their water usage for watering crops and use pest control products that only target harmful pests.
Personally I don’t think you need any reasons to enjoy Halos except for one – they’re really good, but now you have a few other reasons to pick up these tasty treats the next time you are at the supermarket.
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