Friday, September 23, 2016

Hunger Is - Make Breakfast Happen

Living in America it is easy to overlook the challenges that many Americans face.  I know that I often will go through the day so consumed with my own children that I forget what is going on in my own little city.  Hunger is one of those issues that you don't necessarily think about.

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What is interesting is that we live in a lower income area, and a large majority of the children in our local elementary schools qualify for free or reduced price breakfast and lunch.  The thought that there are kids in my own community struggling to get a healthy start to their day is heart wrenching.

Did you know that one in five children in America live in a home without consistent access to adequate food?

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Isn’t that a staggering statistic?  I often think about food insecurity, or hunger, as a third world problem.  But, it is everywhere, including America.

10 million children; nearly half of eligible children do not receive free or reduced price breakfast.  3 out of 5 K-8 public school teachers report regularly seeing students coming to school hungry.

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That is unheard of to me.  Why aren’t we doing more to make sure that these children are well fed?  How can we expect them to learn in school if they are hungry?  I know that when I am hungry, I can’t concentrate on anything but my stomach, and I am sure that these children are the same way.

So what can we do?

Hunger Is – in partnership with Shaw’s Supermarkets – is focusing on expanding breakfast programs, providing children with a healthy start to their day.

I was excited to also partner with Shaw’s for this program.

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When you go to Shaw’s for your regular grocery shopping, you just need to look for the Hunger Is signs spread throughout the stores identifying items that give back to this program.

Most of these items I am sure you are already purchasing!  I was so excited to see some of our favorites make the list – Goldfish crackers anyone?  It seems to be the one food that my youngest consists on currently…but that is another story.

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There are two ways that you can participate:

Purchase participating items.  You can find these items by looking for the Hunger Is tag throughout the store.  A purchase of these items will trigger at least a $.10 donation up to $1 million!  I think that if you are purchasing the items anyways, the fact that they are giving back is awesome.

The other way that you can help out is to donate right at the register.  Shoppers can add $1, $3, $5, or another amount right to their grocery bill to give back.

When you go out grocery shopping this weekend, make sure to go to Shaw’s to support this amazing cause.


Do you see food insecurity in your neighborhood?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons Companies & Hunger Is. The opinions and text are all mine.

18 comments:

  1. I truly appreciate when companies step in and aid the community. I think many people don't even think about the hunger that is going on here in AMERICA. But it's here, and it's sad. If we can help, we should. I'll have to see if my Albertson's is doing this. Thank you for letting us know!

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  2. It is great that those who care are doing something to help...

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  3. Another way to help is to take any excess food to your local food bank. If you don't have food then donate time.

    What's is REALLY sad is while these children go without food, supermarkets throw away so much food waste each year. Some supermarkets are starting to work with food banks and soup kitchens. I've worked in supermarkets and the food waste is outrageous.

    Heck even the average family home throws away 1/3 of the food they buy each week.

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  4. My Mom runs a food pantry and tells me she sees families just like mine that struggle. I'm so lucky to be able to put breakfast on our table.

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  5. Hunger is a huge problem with the kids I work with. Sometimes the meals they get at school are the only meals they get. This is awesome!

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  6. Thanks so much for reminding us all about taking care of kids and what we can do to help. Hunger is such a brutal and sad situation that so many face. Your post is a great inspiration for us all to do just a little more!

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  7. I experienced food insecurity in childhood. I make it a mission to help kids in our community get good nutrition.

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  8. I can't believe hunger is still an issue today, with the amount of overeating and we still haven't managed to eradicate hunger, that being said poor nutrition is a whole different ball game, definitely something we are passionate about!

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  9. When I was a kid I was more aware of others who faced food insecurity. I think it was more in my face then. I know it is still an issue, even if I don't see it on a daily basis and so I try to donate food or support brands who help kids avoid going hungry.

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  10. We are lucky in our community that we have resources that allow our children to be fed breakfast and lunch everyday for free. We also have a summer program so they can eat even when school is out.

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  11. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It's vital for kids to be able to having some fuel to start their mornings with!

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  12. It's heartbreaking that there are so many hungry children all over the world. It's great that there are campaigns like this to help feed hungry children.

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  13. It's amazing that people are doing this, it's going to help out a lot. Unfortunately, hunger is an issue that we have to keep fighting and it's tough when the kids are the ones being affected. I can't let my kids go to school hungry, something would always have to be done.

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  14. Omg this is great!!!! Anything with kids and animals makes me happy!!! Kids can't help it that they go humgoso it's nice to see companies help and give back.

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  15. Kudos to you for participating in this campaign to help make a difference! Hunger and poverty are two things that have always tugged at my heartstrings.

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  16. It's great that you can help feed needy children just by purchasing the products you already know and love. It's important that we all do our part to make sure that no child goes hungry.

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  17. I think that's so sad that one in five children in America live in a home without consistent access to adequate food :( I honestly had no idea. I don't see any food insecurity in my neighborhood. But we have several non-profits and events where they donate to proceeds to similar causes. When I was a therapist/case manager, time to time, I would have to go to the grocery stores with the clients to buy them adequate (not junk food, soda, etc)

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  18. This truly makes me sad and like the others, I am glad to see that more companies are stepping in and helping out the community. Goldfish crackers is actually our favorite and knowing this campaign, will be buying more for sure!

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