How do you teach your kids to give back to their communities??? With busy schedules, I know it can be difficult to find times to give back or ways to get the kids involved that are also practical and fit into your daily life. With 1 in 5 children in America going hungry, we found volunteering to pack food for the Local Food Bank to be an incredible and convenient way to get our kids involved to “Share a Meal” in our own community.
Basically, once per month, I lead a team with my family that packs up donated food from our Chester County Food Bank to go into backpacks for children in Kindergarten and 1st & 2nd grade in our very own school district who are in need.
Kenzie and Kyle absolutely LOVE helping out and it’s wonderful to see their enthusiasm — plus it’s such a great point for us to have that conversation about how important it is to give back but also for them to realize the harsh stats about child hunger in America as they see it impacts children in their own schools.
Find ways to Share a Meal
Share A Meal Potluck – Host neighboring families for a dinner and invite a family in need to join
Get Your Community Involved – Partner with a local community organization to host community potluck in yourarea
Local Food Drives – Organize your very own food drive or utilize the Feeding America online Food Bank Locator tool to get in touch with a local food and volunteer at a food drive
Host a Virtual Food Drive – Plan a virtual food drive with measurable goals online using the Feeding America PersonalFundraiser tool and promote participation in your community
How Unilever is Making an Impact on Child Hunger
With the help of Feeding America’s vast network of 200 food banks nationwide, Unilever has been able to contribute nearly 30 million meals** to families and children over the past five years which includes more than 13 million pounds of food and more than $3 million in support.
How You Can Help
Visit ProjectSunlight.us to find more ways to help hunger.
Download the Unilever Share A Meal Toolkit to learn more about the power of a shared meal and get involved!
Note: This post is sponsored by Unilever to bring awareness to the Child Hunger crisis in America. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.