Food insecure (meaning you don't know where your next meal is coming from) households are 15 times more likely than food secure households to have obtained food from a food pantry. Food insecure households are also 19 times more likely than food secure households to have eaten a meal at an emergency kitchen this year. (taken from the CFK SIMPLE service project flier)
Astounding news, right? I mean it's already hard enough to scrap together meals and pay for them with the way our economy is now! I can't imagine not knowing where my next meal is coming from. Growing up I used to help out our local food pantry and soup kitchen but probably not as often as I should have. As an adult, I haven't really volunteered like I should but I do like to donate food when I get a chance. Have you actually ever gone through your pantry and realized how much food you have that you will never use?? I'm not talking about the stuff that goes bad BUT the stuff like that can of tomato soup or mushroom soup you bought because it was on sale, or the boxes of cereal that you know you will never get to. What do you do with those? Throw them out?
Well, this month, Champions for Kids (CFK), partnered with Abbott Nutrition (makers of Similac and PediaSure) want to encourage you to do something with that food! You can get together with a few of your neighbors and have a "pack a sack" drive. Have them bring over foods that you know they were just planning on throwing out, gather together some of your own food and take it to the local food pantry to donate.
I recently found out that the church down the street from me (Anderson Creek Community Church) has a food pantry/ministry that accepts donations. I decided to collect together some of the food in my house, along with some from the neighbors and some Abbott products that I purchased to put together a small donation for the church. I had my handy little helper with me when I purchased all my goods at Walmart. My kids love to help out with CFK projects!
Unfortunately it was spring break so my donation wasn't as big as I would have liked and when I went to drop it off the church was closed for the week. :( However, it is seriously right down the road from me so I do plan on taking my donation up early next week. AND if you want to get in on the fun and you live near the University of Arkansas then you might want to check out the CFK Abbott Nutritional Razorfest on April 20. For more information just click on the link: http://championsforkids.org/razorfest/ Or to become more involved in other CFK projects be sure to check out the CFK website, Facebook and Twitter pages!
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