Before I became a SAHM, I was a school counselor at a Title 1 school. A Title 1 school must have at least 40% of its students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. My school had anywhere from 47% -50% of it's students enrolled so I know first hand how hunger can affect our children. I remember many times I personally would bring or buy a student lunch or breakfast. I was also in charge of heading up food drives for our local Second Harvest food bank. It's amazing to know that even in a school where almost half of the students are low income and don't have much themselves, will dig deep and donate what they can to others. We were always one of the top food raisers in our district!
Now that I'm a SAHM, I've kind of put my "giving back" on the shelf. The kids are older and more aware and I want them to learn more about the importance of helping those in need. Last month we had the pleasure of participating in the stocking stuffing program with Champions for Kids, Disney and Collective Bias. Each month, Champions for Kids creates a simple service project that benefits children in need and encourages people like you and me to participate in giving back to our communities.
This month the simple service project is: Fuel their passion with Abbott Nutrition Pack a Snack. Abbott Nutrition is the company that brings us PediaSure, Zone Perfect Bars and Similac. Did you know: More than 16 million children under the age of eighteen in the United States are food insecure—unable to consistently access adequate amounts of nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. Even more heartbreaking is the fact that more than three million children under the age of five are food insecure.
Both of my kids are under the age of 5 so this is stunning and heartbreaking to me! I want to do all I can to help so I'm joining in with this month's simple service project to create some snack packs for kids in need. I've already purchased the items for my snack packs. Knowing that 16 million kids are food insecure I decided to try and make as many small packs as I can. I know this is an individual donation but I bought enough items to create 20 small snack packs. Just think if 10 of us made these snack packs we could feed 200 kids! It really can make a difference!
Stay tuned to see the story of making my snack packs and delivering them. Also if you want to learn more about Champions for Kids and the Abbott Nutrition Pack a Snack simple project then join in on the twitter party that will be happening January 19th at 9:00 pm EST. Or you can watch this video to learn more!
Disclosure: “This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All ideas and thoughts are my own.