I’ve thought long and hard about how to get my family involved in helping to end hunger in America, knowing that all around us–in DC Metro suburban community–people are hungry.
Our kids go to school with children who are hungry.
My husband is an administrator in a school where children are hungry.
All around our community, families are struggling to make ends meet. They–and their children–are hungry.
So what can you do to help? How can you get your family involved in putting an end to hunger in America? I don’t have all the answers. (Big shocker.) But I have some.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Put an End to Hunger in America–Get the Whole Family Involved: A few weeks back, Maddy’s girlfriends met like we meet each month, and our focus was to give back.
We worked all evening making sandwiches for McKenna’s Wagon, a mobile soup kitchen in our area.
The really special touch? My sweet and smart friend Erin suggested we have our girls and their siblings write tiny notes that we put in each sandwich bag. She wanted each person who got one of our sandwiches to know that we were thinking about them. I love it.
Before we even opened our first bag of bread, we cut construction paper into strips. And then we handed each child a few pieces along with a pen, and we wrote, wrote, wrote.
We stressed that even a ‘love, Maddy’ was fine! The kids worked so hard on notes like:
- Have a good day!
- We care about you!
- Made with love!
Their hand-written notes were so special, and I think it was a super-smart touch.
Then we made our sandwiches.
Each family brought what they could–a few bags of bread, some meat and some cheese.
And we assembled sandwiches with a force that I swear could move mountains. The kids worked so hard. They laid out bread, added meat and cheese and another piece of bread to close it. Put it in a bag. Added a note.
We used the bread bags to hold sandwiches, and in the end made over 300 sandwiches!
The kids felt so good about their hard work. We have plans to do more work like this in the upcoming months.
Want more about where your family–or small group of friends and neighbors–can donate sandwiches, just like we did?
As a starting point, check out:
the brown cord bracelet, the pillows, and the scarf are part of the Target FEED line
- Target FEED: Target has recently partnered with Lauren Bush Lauren and FEED Foundation to create a special product line that supports feeding the hungry in America. You’ve probably noticed the line at Target this summer, and it will run through October.
Each item has a number on it. And that number represents the number of meals that will be given as a result of your purchase. I love the simplicity of this partnership, and I think it’s a thoughtful and wise way of giving back, even with the smallest effort on the consumer’s part.
Lauren Bush Lauren and me. . .
at the Target FEED USA launch.
me and my sweet and smart friend Patrice, of Afrobella
Visit Target FEED to learn about the program, to find out how you can get involved, or to browse the lookbook.
Or visit the FEED site. Buy a bag. Give a meal.
Take a look at all of my photos from the Target FEED USA launch last June:
SUCH an incredible time!
- Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry: No Kid Hungry is currently pushing its Go Orange for No Kid Hungry campaign, which is filled with ways of helping this very month and all year long.
Encourage your kids–or your neighborhood–to host a bake sale.
Or just totally check out the site. So worth your time, and you can come up with a way to help–together.
A ton of great programs exist out there. The important thing? Just do something. And show your kids that you take childhood hunger seriously.
As the oldest of four girls, I recall vividly a time when when I was very young and my hard-working, union laborer father was laid off of work. And our cupboards were close to bare.
I don’t have memories of being hungry; I was too young to even remember the faces of stress on my parents. But the stress was there. Food and money for it were not.
And I remember one Sunday afternoon after church, a stranger coming to our door with bags and bags and bags of groceries. He had strict instructions, from a woman who insisted on remaining nameless, to deliver the food to our home. She gave him $20, and he did it.
I can still see that young man’s look of confusion and excitement. Look what he brought us! But why? How bad off were we?
Our family looks back at this time when our ‘angel’ brought groceries to our home as a sort of miracle, a mystery to us and a reminder that people were good and that things would be okay. That someone was watching out for us.
But our story is unusual, and unfortunately, it is the exception.
More often than not, families don’t have angels like we had deliver food to their doors. They rely on churches, schools, government programs, and anti-hunger campaigns to get them through the difficult times.
Let’s do something about it. Together.
And show our kids that it’s important to us.
Not sure what to do? Share this post as a start.
Then think about it, come back, and think some more. Ask your kids what they want to do. And run with it.
Any other ideas? Suggestions? Links to great ideas for ways families can help put an end to childhood hunger? Let me know!
fyi: Though I am proud to be a part of the Target Inner Circle program, this is an unsponsored post, written solely because I want to share our own experiences and a few programs that may help other families take action against hunger in our world.
Thank you to Target for sending me to New York City in June to attend the launch of Target FEED USA line.