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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.