I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.
We've just started our summer vacation, and the kids and I are excited about doing a Summer of Giving. We've talked about ways to help others on a small scale (helping around the house), medium-sized (writing a nice note to someone or bringing a meal to a new mom), and some larger projects that help our whole community. For our first large project, we were inspired by Champions for Kids to help feed hungry kids through our local food bank. Champions for Kids believes:
All children should have: Someone who cares; a Place to belong; Hope for tomorrow and provisions for their journey. All children.
My kids have never experienced true hunger, but child hunger is happening in every community across the country. I shared this info with my kids:
10% of US kids live in food-insecure homes, which means they don't know when or if their next meal is coming.
With schools out for the summer, may children who rely on school breakfasts and lunches are in desperate need.
We talked about ways we could help, and how even small efforts can help a lot of people. Champions for Kids believes that helping others does not have to come in large doses.
Next, we went out to our local Walmart to shop for food donations. With the Summer of Giving Program, Walmart and Champions for Kids aim to help provide 5 million meals this summer. We helped with some of those meals! Each child had $50 to spend on food to donate to our local food bank. It was a great exercise for them to compare store brands with name brand prices, then keep track of what they had spent as we shopped the aisles. They did such a great job and were so thoughtful with their choices.
In the Walmart freezer section, look for the sponsor brands–Tyson, Birds Eye and State Fair–because each time you purchase them, you're helping support the Summer of Giving program alongside feeding your own family. Along with non-perishable foods, we also chose these frozen foods to donate. It took a little research to find a food bank that would accept frozen foods, but they really appreciated it.
Want to do even more? Do a SIMPLE Service Project. There are just four basic steps:
GATHER your friends, family or co-workers.
LEARN about the needs of children in your community.
GIVE items to help kids enjoy happier and healthier lives.
SHARE your story at Champions for Kids to inspire others to do the same!
Make your donations, then submit your project at Champions for Kids. You'll be eligible to win $25,000 for your local school. Remember that every little bit helps. How can you help hungry kids in your community?