When you were a kid, did you look forward to school starting? I’m guessing probably not… most kids don’t. Kids want a child-like summer, of course! What about if you knew that going back to school would mean you actually had some semblance of a normal meal. As I mentioned a few weeks back, for some kids summers are synonymous with being hungry. During those months, they don’t have access to the reduced-cost or free meals provided through the school districts.
Kids can’t do much to change their situation but you certainly can. You see that video at the top of this post? If you haven’t already watched it, please do. Kid President puts it all into perspective in a thoughtful way. Besides that, whenever someone watches the video, ConAgra Foods will provide assistance to their “Hunger-Free Summer” program, supplying food banks with much needed donations. This summer, 26 food banks in 18 states will use Hunger-Free Summer grants, funded by the ConAgra Foods Foundation – ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 – to expand their summer feeding program.
Just this week there are two projects in our area to help support the food banks. One involves local 4-H kids working with local volunteers to create family rice packets for the hungry. A second entitled “Thanksgiving in July” focuses on restocking local food pantries that dwindling stocks during the summer months. If your area has similar programs, consider participating. If not, maybe you could help set one up.
We encourage our kids to think about others during times when we are able to indulge. Specifically during birthdays and holidays. Last Christmas, our 9 year old asked for donations to the animal shelter in lieu of some of her gifts. I smile ear to ear knowing that my children can AND are willing to make such heartfelt decisions. Aside from watching the video, it is easy to help out; Volunteer at a food bank or help collect donations.
As summer quickly comes to an end, you can extend your philanthropic efforts into the school year. Our metro area has a Student Hunger Drive that overlaps Halloween. Older kids use it as an opportunity to dress up and go trick-or-treating. Instead of expecting candy, they gather donations for the hunger drive. Residents stack canned goods next to their bucket of candy. It’s a really cool program involving multiple school districts. If your school district doesn’t have something similar to this, consider working with your children to set it up. I’m sure they would enjoy trick-or-treating for a cause!
No kid should have to look forward to school just to be able to eat. Please take a few minutes to watch the video and share it. For more information on this worthy program by ConAgra Foods, visit their website. Connect with ConAgra Foods on Twitter and Facebook.
What ways can you think of that kids and families can help make it a Hunger-Free Summer?