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Sharing a Snack to Fight Child Hunger #AbbottCFK #CBias

The numbers are scary and sad – over 16 million children do not receive the nutrition they need. Child hunger is a problem I wish did not exist. Not that I like any problems, but when kids are affected… it strikes the heart deep. So, I worked on putting together a nutritious snack pack as part of this month’s Champions for Kids simple service project. While this is an easy way to help out, I found it harder to pick out snacks than I thought!

I found myself looking at PopTarts and GoldFish… and sugary juice boxes. These are things we often see advertised as snacks, but they aren’t packed with essential nutrients. And, when a child lacks proper nutrition, the quality of food is really important. So, I went with PediaSure, PediaSure Sidekicks (Abbott products!), organic crispy bars, and fruit cups. It was a pretty full grocery bag for about $30! I wish I could have found the Zone Perfect bars to add in, but I thought this was a good mix of items to help a few kids out.

 

To see the rest of the shopping trip, please check out my Google +1 album.

I never donated to Family Sharing before, but decided that’s where I was going this time. They have a food pantry and a resale shop to help families in need. Those who need clothes etc. get to shop “for free” and the money earned from other customers goes back into the organization to help people. I checked the website for donation information. It didn’t have much for detail about food items other than not being expired. I did my best to get non-perishable items.

 

When I walked in, a nice woman asked to help me. I showed her the bag full of snacks and said I wanted to donate it. She said that was great. I told her there were kids’ snacks as she peeked in and she seemed happy about that. I told her about the service project as she had never heard of Champions for Kids. It felt good to donate AND let her know about a great resource for those giving back to their communities.

Where would you donate a snack pack?

Twitter Party!

Come party with us at the Champions for Kids Twitter party sponsored by Abbott Nutrition. Please join us for this important hour as we talk about healthy food choices and helping those in need in our communities receive healthy food.

When: Thursday, January 19th at 9:00-10:00 pm EST

Where: On Twitter with the hashtag #AbbottCFK. You can also use this custom TweetGrid: http://bit.ly/w0Fsq1

Who: Please follow the party hosts, @FoundtheMarbles, @LizLongcrier and @MonicaJohnson

Prizes: We wouldn’t have a Twitter party without prizes! We’ve got…

(1) $100 Walmart Gift Card

(1) $50 Walmart Gift Card

(2) $25 Walmart Gift Cards

RSVP to be eligible to win prizes!

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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This is for a great cause!

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  1. Janet K January 17, 2012 Reply

    I love this campaign and I will have to research where I could donate in my town. Maybe the after school or drop-in program at our YMCA.JanetGoingCrazy

  2. Sarah BB @ East9thStreet January 17, 2012 Reply

    Our local food bank provides food to 7.6% of residents in our community with 25% of those recipients being children. It saddens me to think that when the weekend comes, some kids may not have any meals. Food insecurity doesn’t just happen during the holidays, it is year round. Thank you for bringing attention to this.east9thstreet

  3. awesome! I love this idea!

  4. Jennifer Hall January 17, 2012 Reply

    I love to donate to local charities. We usually do clothes & household items & money donations for the Humane society & food-bank.solitarydragon

  5. Alicia January 17, 2012 Reply

    What a great organization! Isn’t it too easy to turn to those sugary treats, it takes work to make sure to select the nutrient rich foods.

  6. Tonia @ The Gunny Sack January 17, 2012 Reply

    Such a great campaign! It looks like you chose a wonderful organization to give your donation to.

  7. Gena L January 17, 2012 Reply

    This is an awesome campaign! If we’re going to donate food, it should be GOOD, nutritious food!CptFussybuckets

  8. Ashley S January 17, 2012 Reply

    Wow, this sounds like a really great campaign! Thanks for sharing :)AshBG

  9. Tiffany Cruz January 17, 2012 Reply

    What a great campaign. It’s so important to feed our children healthy choices rather than loads of sugar. Thanks for sharing.FabFindsbyNGxo

  10. Clancy Harrison January 17, 2012 Reply

    This is such a great project! We do a drop at my daughter’s school and with our church!eatinggoodfood

  11. Christy January 17, 2012 Reply

    This movement is so powerful and your organization of choice is a worthy one! I’m sure you made a difference!notinsanemom

  12. MJ from iNeedaPlaydate January 17, 2012 Reply

    This is really wonderful! It is amazing how few snack foods are suppose to be kid friendly and are providing you don’t mine empty calories. I am going to check out the PediaSure Sidekicks for lunches!mryjhnsn

  13. Hannah Stewart (Coupon Stewarttess) January 17, 2012 Reply

    Very nice!

  14. Ashleigh Walls January 17, 2012 Reply

    I love donating food! The thought of children going without food for even a day just upsets me. To know there are thousands of children that do it for days straight is saddening. This is an amazing campaign.artsavesyou

  15. Melissa Lawler January 17, 2012 Reply

    Sounds like a great organization!

  16. Kim January 17, 2012 Reply

    Thanks for doing this project and making a difference for kids.

  17. Terri January 17, 2012 Reply

    What a kind and giving soul! So excited for the twitter party and a chance to help spreading this giving message!tsue1136

  18. Jessica @FoundtheMarbles January 19, 2012 Reply

    See you tonight at the Twitter party. I look forward to continuing to raise awareness of such an important issue!FoundtheMarbles

  19. Brandi January 19, 2012 Reply

    What a great organization!

  20. Brittany @ZonePerfect January 19, 2012 Reply

    Thanks for the support! ~Brittany @ZonePerfect

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