This is a partnered post with The Motherhood and ConAgra. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
My children live a very comfortable life. Thankfully we are in a position where they don’t want for anything that they need.Unfortunately, that is not the case for every family living in America today.
Did you know that there are 16 million children who are silently suffering from hunger. That is an insanely large number, but do you realize that it’s the population of Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago combined? Just thinking about the children that have to experience hunger brings tears to my eyes and makes my heart ache.
I see my comfortable life and realize things could be much worse. What I also see when I look at my comfortable life is I need to be more diligent in reaching out to my community and offering assistance. I need to be more diligent in teaching my children about this silent epidemic and showing them how they can help and hopefully change the future.
I like that my children see the world as an innocent place. I want them to be able to be young for as long as possible without dealing with “adult” issues. I keep them sheltered because I love that they see the world as such a wonderful place to live (as it should be).
Getting Kids Involved in the Fight Against Child Hunger
But, I figured it was time to talk to them about community service, how some families don’t have the means to provide for themselves, and that conversation led in to how they want to help these families. We discussed ways they wanted to help and I was excited to hear them say they wanted to buy groceries for these families and that they wanted to give up some of their own money to help these families.
As we were discussing other ways they can help, the conversation turned to why these families don’t have money. I explained that every situation was different and that it could be many different factors. My oldest son, who is very intuitive (and sometimes too smart for his own good), said that since he was going to be an architect when he gets older, that he was going to build places within these communities where families can go to learn how to make money.
As we continued talking, I enjoyed seeing their little minds work to find a way they could help.
During our most recent shopping trip, we were armed with a $50 gift card and the goal of providing food for families in need right in our community. While we were shopping, we definitely had the children of these families in mind and chose products we knew they would love. Since I’ve worked at the food pantry I know they hand out a lot of the basics (rice, beans, etc.), so I wanted to throw in some extra special treats for the families to enjoy.
I also wanted to stretch the $50 gift card as far as possible and I think we did a good job of getting the best bang for our buck while still buying things that could be considered a treat. Just like I do at home, I made sure there was a good balance so that not everything I bought was something sweet.
We loaded up everything in to the car and drove to the nearest Food Bank. The boys had never been and had no idea of what to expect. But I loved their excitement in wanting to help out, if even in just a small way.
“The tiniest ripples makes the biggest waves.”
Wow, such wise words from a child. It’s time we start making some ripples, y’all.
I love that children have these wonderful ideas and that they don’t discount them because it seems impossible. In their minds all it takes is an idea. We need to support their ideas and help bring them to life.
Companies like ConAgra make it easy to help and get involved in the fight against hunger in the United States. I’ve been a huge supporter of the Child Hunger Ends Here program for the last few years and I invite you to be a supporter as well. I can’t think of a better cause to support than hungry children within our own communities.
When you are grocery shopping, purchase ConAgra products with a red pushpin and enter the codes once you get home to have a meal donated. Head on over to the Child Hunger Ends Here website and invite a Facebook friend to get involved and once you do a meal will be donated. There are also other resources and ways for getting kids involved in the fight against child hunger available by visiting the website.
If you haven’t already, open up the lines of communication with your children about child hunger. It was an eye-opening experience for me and I was thoroughly impressed by the way my children handled it. Through our conversations, I see many community service projects in our future.