I'm so excited to write this post! One of my personal goals this year is to give back to my community. I've been in North Carolina for two years now and I really haven't become as involved as I was in Colorado! The funny thing is I'm a NC native so if there is anywhere that I should be giving back it should be here! That's why I was so excited to be apart of the Champions for Kids and Collective Bias Simple Service Project for this month. They partnered with Abbott Nutrition to create healthy Snack Packs for children in need of food.
If you recall from my first post there were several agencies/programs that I wanted to give my donation to but I was just waiting to hear back from the right one. Luck has it I heard back from Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast NC. This awesome Food Bank is in charge of providing nutritious food to those at risk of hunger through a network of over 200 non-profit members.I was amazed to learn that this organization, which really isn't THAT big serves 7 large counties with over 200,000 individuals or 18% at risk of hunger. They have over 8 programs that help to get food and resources to these people in need. It wasn't easy for me to figure which program to make my donation. I mean how can you choose from so many great programs?!? However, being a former school counselor and also having worked with a Second Harvest food Bank in Colorado it seemed appropriate for me to make the donation to the Backpack Program. Here's some details on what this program provides:
"The program provides wholesome and nutritious food to elementary school students. With the help of volunteers, the food bank provides food for backpacks each Thursday for distribution at schools on Friday. Each student receives enough food for the weekend to supplement meals otherwise not available."
This past Friday, after I picked up the kids from school we drove over to the food bank to meet with Patra Roberts (food sourcing coordinator) and deliver our donations. I figured it would be a great learning experience to take the kids along and let them see what goes on. Ms. Roberts was awesome! She took us on a tour of the building shocking me with details such as: the service area child food insecurity rate is 28.5%, which is higher than both the state ( 27.3%) and national (23.2%) averages! Amazing! So it I did pick the right agency and program to donate to. It was such a great experience to meet the people who work so hard in various capacities to aid those who are hungry. I was overwhelmed at the generosity of not only big corporations but also individuals like me who donated not only food but other supplies along with their time and skills to help keep this building running. I learned so much and even the kids learned a little (although they were running around amazed at all the food...LOL). When we got back in the car they said, "we give food to people who don't have food" and "mommy and daddy have food so we give extra food to mommies and daddies who don't have food". I was so proud of them. At the age of 3 and 4 they knew they were doing something important.
Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.