No Child Goes Hungry #FightHungerTogether

© 2015 ENCHANTED MEDIA LLC.If you’ve been following my blog for a few years, you’ll know how near and dear ending child hunger is to me and how honored I am to be invited to work with Conagra Foods again as one of their ConAgra Foods Child Hunger Correspondents. For more than 20 years, ConAgra Foods and the ConAgra Foods Foundation have been committed to fighting child hunger in America, donating food and investing in partnerships to find solutions that are within reach. Not only is this a friendly reminder of how far I’ve come from being that hungry child but also to be thankful for all that I have now.

I’m not ashamed to say it, my children do not go hungry by choice, picky eating simply doesn’t qualify. So I wasn’t surprised when I explained our little project and their complete confusion. Being that my children are fairly young, I chose to help my children understand what child hunger looks like and how we could help with simple things we already do, like grocery shop!

  • 1 in 5 kids is at risk for child hunger, which affects every county in America. 
  • 16 million kids in America aren’t getting the food they need. 

My 7 year old wanted to know what a hungry child looks like while my 5 year old wanted to know why their parents didn’t just feed them.  Reactions just like these kids:

IMG_0473My kids were very surprised to know that even the most normal looking child could be hungry and hunger isn’t just about not having food to eat, but it also could be not having nutritious foods to eat.  My kids got super serious about helping make sure kids like them don’t go hungry.

Our little service project was a wonderful gateway into learning about what foods are considered nutritious and what foods aren’t.  We talked about why eating fruits and vegetables are important as well as enjoying treats like their favorite potato chips and chocolate in moderation.  We also even got a chance to delve into why snacks aren’t often nutritious or provide enough nutrients to keep a body going.  We set out on a grocery shopping trip and learned all about what makes up non-perishable items and making healthy selections that can provide wholesome and filling meals for a child. We filled our cart with:

  • Canned Fruits not in “sugar” syrup
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Whole wheat pastas
  • Tomato sauces with low sugar content or even better, no sugar added
  • Beans
  • Nuts (except for my allergic son and as he pointed out, other kids like him)
  • Freeze dried fruits

IMG_0479My kids were super proud of their haul and eager to help drop it off at our local Food Bank which just happens to be the Food Bank for New York City where their father volunteers often.  They even threw in a few of their favorite snacks because it’s okay “in moderation”.

For more information and ways on how you can create your own service project and help end child hunger now, please visit: http://www.childhungerendshere.com/ and tell us how you and your family are fighting child hunger in your community using the #FightHungerTogether hashtag.

{ disclosure:  This was a sponsored post in conjunction with The Motherhood and ConAgra Foods.  As always, all opinions expressed here are my very own. }