Every day some families have to make a very difficult decision - a decision that would break my heart. They quietly sacrifice their own health for their children and skip meals so their children can eat.
During the winter, bank accounts are emptied by higher heating bills, and unforseen medical bills, but growing bodies always need nutritious food.
Emergency food boxes are available throughout the US, and many other countries, to help alleviate the problem. These emergency boxes rely on donated food to fill the gap. During the holidays, food banks often see a rise in donated foods. But as the winter months continue, donations fall and the food banks' supplies becomes alarmingly low.
How can we help?
As a family we talk about how lucky we are. Those who have so much can help those who have so little. My girls are ready to help...
We chose food from our cupboards, attached pictures of support to the cans, and donated them to the food bank. We donated a big box full of love and we will donate again next week.
I hope this project gives encouragement to young families in need, teaches children the love of giving, and most importantly, nourishes growing bodies.
A few tips to get you started:
- Find your local food bank
- The most needed canned items are peanut butter, canned meat, canned vegetables, canned fruit, pasta and cereal.
- Do not cover the expiration date or ingredient list with your pictures or words of support.
- Many grocery stores have drop-off boxes for items donated to local food banks.
- Many food banks will give kids tours of the facility - call ahead to schedule.
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