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You Share. We Share. Learn How to Help Those in Your Community

My family and I realize how incredibly blessed we are to live the life we live. There is always food in the pantry and refrigerator and we never worry about where our next meal will come from. So when SUBWAY® Restaurants and Social Moms invited me to be part of the “You Share. We Share.” program, I was thrilled to be able take one day to talk about the Houston Food Bank and the work it does within my community.

But what’s even greater, it’s not just here within my community. There are charities right in your community that can use your help! From now through August 31st, SUBWAY® Restaurants located in USA and Canada will be partnering with local charities to give back to their communities. There are more than 7,800 restaurants participating in the US and Canada. When you eat at SUBWAY® Restaurants in the Houston area on the weekends this summer, a percentage of sales, up to $50,000, will go to your local charity.

This is such an easy way to support those less fortunate while feeding your family.

As America’s largest food bank, the Houston Food Bank distributes food and other necessities to nearly 600 hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. More than 800,000 people each year are positively affected by the work of the Houston Food Bank. In 2008, the Houston Food Bank merged with End Hunger Network, a Houston-area food rescue organization, making a more effective use of community resources by working together as one unit. In the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the Houston Food Bank distributed 59 million nutritious meals food and other necessities. Their goal is to expand service to the community to 100,000,000 nutritious meals by 2018.

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I’m constantly working with my children to make them aware of those that are suffering around us. We donate food to food banks in our area, we donate blankets, socks and jackets in the winter, we hand out bags filled with easy snacks and personal care items to homeless people we come across while we’re out and about. I want my kids to grow up with a heart to help others.

volunteering at the montgomery county food bank

I am so moved by the work that the Houston Food Bank does for those in need in my community. So when you’re looking for somewhere to eat during the weekends this summer, I ask that you go eat a delicious sandwich at a locally owned and operated SUBWAY® Restaurants franchise (find your store here). You can follow the Houston Food Bank on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube and learn more about SUBWAY® Restaurants’ “You Share. We Share.” initiative here.

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This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and SUBWAY® Restaurants blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.
About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    I think it’s so important to give back to our communities any way we can. There are so many people out there who need help.

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    We donate to a local food pantry all the time. I feel like it’s important for us to help people in need. We’re blessed to have so much.

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    I like when businesses support local charities and give back to their communities. It makes me much more likely to shop there.

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    Our local food bank is smaller, but they do so much good. We support them as much as possible.

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    It’s so important to give back to your community AND to get your children involved from an early age. We donate to our local food pantry several times a year – we do a mega buy during critical times for the pantry (holidays, summer). My son, who is a Boy Scout also goes around a few times a year with his troop to help collect cans and foods for the pantry as well.

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    Allison says:

    It’s so important to teach kids to give back at a young age! There are so many worthy places to spend our time helping.

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    Helping out at a food bank or even a soup kitchen is something I have always wanted to do with my kids. It is important to teach them how to give back to the community.

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    I love this campaign! We try to donate food when we can, to our local shelters. We also donate blankets and toys too!

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    Love when companies give back to important charities like this! So many people out there that need help

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    Catherine S says:

    It is so nice to see people helping each other. We work with a local food bank several times a year. I will make sure I get lunch at Subway this week.

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    I love that your passing on this message to your kids. Helping out others is very important. The Houston Food Bank does great work!

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    My girls and I will be serving meals to the homeless with our church in August. Our church does this every year but we somehow always missed the sign ups so I am super excited to get to participate next month. It’s such a wonderful way to spend family time and teach the joy of giving back.

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    That is wonderful that you are getting your kids involved. I think it is good for them to see that they can make a difference. Kudos to Subway for helping local communities.

  14. 14

    I just ate at Subway. I am glad to hear that they care about their community and that some of the money I spent may be used constructively. 🙂

  15. 15

    They do some great work. There’s so many hungry out there so I’m happy to hear Subway is giving back.

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    I love the connection between Subway and the local community. I can think of a few local food banks here who would benefit from this program

  17. 17

    Way to go Subway! Those are some eye opening statistics and it’s great to see families and brands alike working to help.

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    What a wonderful program and even better that you’re teaching your kids the ways of giving back and how to e involved in their community. Good job mama, you’re doing great.

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    I love when businesses give to those in the community. I want to do a good job teaching my kids to give to others just like you’re doing!

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    It’s so important to teach our kids about doing for others. You are doing an awesome job Crystal! Way to give back and spread the word.

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    It is so important to give back to the community,. There is so much blessing that comes form giving

  22. 22

    We volunteer and donate to our local food banks too! It is so important to remember to help others. Good for Subway for being part of the good in the world!

  23. 23

    Even the tiny town I live in has a food bank. I have been trying to donate to them monthly this year. I’m going to find out if our local Subway donates to them.

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    I agree it’s important to teach our children the importance of giving back and to have grateful hearts at all times. I love that SUBWAY is doing this.

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    My husband and I actually volunteered at the Houston Foodbank once when we lived there. It was through a church outreach program. I was AMAZED at how huge it was!

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    I love this. I love that you involved yoru children with giving back to the community. It is such a vital lessson to teach our young people. 🙂

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    Stephanie Keeping says:

    What a great program. I love that you are getting your kids involved and helping.

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    I always take fresh fruit and veggies to the senior citizen center in town. This year we have wacky weather, lost the fruit off the tree, and the garden’s failed 3 times. I’m going to try for a fourth one. It is really important to share and care.

  29. 29

    What a great post. IT is also great to show kids while they are young too!

  30. 30

    What an amazing post! It is so important to teach kids to give backw hen they are young!

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    I love that Subway is doing this, wow! Partnering up to help makes good sense. It’s a great way to reach that many more people.

  32. 32

    Love this, I’m working on teaching the boychild the importance of giving back now. Good job Subway!

  33. 33

    I love ths!!Elping you community is soo important. It’s also important o teach your children this at such a young age!

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    Ann Bacciaglia says:

    We donate to our local food bank twice a month. It is a great way for us to give back and keep the kitchen cupboards organized.

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    I love this. It’s so important for our kids to see and understand stuff like this at such a young age.

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    There are so many people who rely on food banks to make it through the week. Thank you for showing your sons how much giving is needed.

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    That’s such a great way to give back! When I do my couponing every week, if there’s stuff I don’t need or won’t use I always donate it. We have severe food allergies of over 10 different foods so some of the deals are irrelevant to me or the other family members, but it helps with points and rewards to get items we do use and need.

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    This is awesome! It’s so great to get our kids involved too. They need to know that not everyone has what they do and how important it is to help.

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    Showing by example…You’re proving how powerful that can be!

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    Wow, they are expanding by that many meals? Thats a seriously ambitious goal and I admire it! Amazing what they are doing!!

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    Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says:

    I actually haven’t researched the local food bank since we moved. I should find that out and take my son to do some volunteering!

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    This is so awesome. What a great initiative!

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