Family Grocery Store Trips Evolve into Hunger Fighting Effort
Writer and Hunger Relief Advocate Margaret shares how she turns fighting hunger into a family affair at home:
How often do you go to the grocery store? If you have a busy family like me then I bet it may be more often than you’d like. I’m also willing to bet you’d like your children to be aware of how lucky they are, how fortunate your family is to have enough food to eat every single day.
I have fun way to get your family involved in grocery shopping while benefiting the children in the Delaware Valley who do not have enough food to eat, especially during summertime when they no longer receive free or reduced-price meals at school!
A few years ago, because I was (and still am) on a very strict budget but also wanted to help fight hunger in my community, I began buying one extra item every time I went to the supermarket. A can of tuna fish, a plastic jar of peanut butter, a box of whole grain pasta; each trip I returned home and placed the item into a separate grocery bag (now a recyclable one); when it’s full, I drop the bag off at my nearest emergency food pantry. They get the food and we get our recyclable bag back to start collecting all over again!
Next time you’re at the store, ask your kids to pick out one or two items for your new collection — they can take turns selecting and you can talk to them about considering healthy foods from Philabundance’s “Foods to Encourage” list, because everyone deserves fresh, healthy food. It’s a great way to get your kids involved (and keep them from possibly whining and focusing on unhealthy sugary treats) while helping out a neighbor in need at the same time.