This post is part of a sponsored series with ConAgra Foods and the Child Hunger Ends Here. All opinions are my own.
Last month I told you about the Childhood Hunger Ends Here program sponsored by ConAgra Foods. Childhood hunger is an invisible epidemic in the country, with an estimated 17 million kids suffering from food insecurity. And this problem becomes even worse in the summer! During the school year, 21.5 million children rely on free or reduced-price meals to help them keep from going hungry. When school is out, only 2.3 million children participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). This means there are millions of children at an increased risk of hunger during the summer.
You can help by purchasing participating ConAgra Foods products and entering those codes to trigger meal donations. Look for the red pushpin in grocery stores and purchase specifically marked packages of select ConAgra Foods, and enter the codes online at www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com or right here in my blog sidebar. For every code entered ConAgra Foods will donate the equivalent of one meal to Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks.
But you can do even more than enter codes. By setting up a collection for your local food bank you can give back to your local community and help neighbors who you might not even realize need help. It doesn’t have to be a major campaign, even a few bags of food makes a difference.
My son and I collected food from family and friends to take to our local food bank. Of course before we dropped off our food we made sure we entered all the ConAgra food codes online, so the donation did double duty!
While we were dropping off our food we spent some time learning about what hunger looks like in our community. Area churches regularly donate food, the Scouts and postal workers both do large food drives a few times a year, and of course individuals like us bring in food. But you can see in the picture above that there are plenty of bare shelves at the food pantry, so there is need for more.
My son was surprised to see the lack of variety available. There was lots of peanut butter, instant mashed potatoes and soup, along with canned vegetables. Luckily a local organic farm donates eggs and vegetables during the growing season, and the local grocery store donates bread, which helps with both variety and nutrition. Despite its small size our food bank helped over 8000 individuals last year. So check out your local food bank and find out what help is needed where you live.
Celebrities are helping out the cause too, and musical artists Carly Rae Jepsen, Tori Kelly, Amber Riley, Cody Simpson are lending their support to ending childhood hunger. You can download songs from these celebrity ambassadors to enjoy.
So don’t forget to look for the red pushpin as you grocery shop, and look for ways you can help out in your local community. You can find out more by connection with the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign on Twitter and on Facebook. Also ConAgra Foods would love if my readers could click this link and fill out this quick survey on Child Hunger.