Candy from Mommypalooza invited her friends over for a 4th of July party that doubled as a food drive. The 5 families that attended were able to collect non-perishable food for the Catholic Charities food pantry. Their donation will help with the increase in demand over the Summer.
“In particular, the end of the month tends to be a very busy time since many are waiting to get paid and are challenged to stretch their food budget a little bit more to tide them over. Also, the summer months tend to be busier as well since many kids are home from school moreso than other seasons. This means that more families are utilizing the food pantries more often.”
Mandy of A Little Dizzy advertised that she was collecting food donations for a local church pantry during her recent garage sale. She created a Fruity Pebbles treat for her garage sale customers and ended up collecting two boxes of food!
“As soon as I stepped into it I knew I’d picked the right place. I’m not even really sure if you can say that any sort of place that helps feed hungry children is the wrong place, but this – this felt like the closest thing to my original goal as I could have hoped to get.”
Amanda of Making Time for You took her Son around the neighborhood collecting food items for the Christan H.E.L.P. Center. The donation was received with open arms because they don’t see many donations in the Summer when the need for food is greater.
“The first question out of Peggy’s mouth was “Are you sure that you do not need this food?” Word gets around in a small town quickly and everyone already knew about the fire in my apartment building. I answered her back, “No. This is for the children with no food.” That’s when she started to cry.”
Chrissy of The Taylor House helped her boys with a lemonade stand to keep the neighborhood cool and help out hungry children. All of the proceeds were used to purchase 10 boxes of Post cereal for a local food pantry.
“They sat out in the 95 degree heat for three hours and sold lemonade to the neighbors and people that went by. My little guy had a speech about how they were using the money that they earned to buy food to donate to a local food pantry because they wanted to help kids who didn’t have food.”
Sarah of East 9th Street gathered Moms for a much needed night out that doubled as a food drive benefiting the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas. The women had a great time while learning about the Champions for Kids mission and how they could get involved themselves. Some of the women used coupons on the items that they donated so their out of pocket cost was minimal but the joy in their hearts from helping a child is everlasting.
“Those Spaghetti O’s were purchased with a coupon and less than 40¢ a can. For less than a dollar my friend Katie will provide two lunches to a couple of children.”
Michelle of Honestly and Truly Reviews hosted a movie night for her children’s friends and they brought food items to donate as their ‘price of admission’. The food was then donated to the Northern Illinois Food Pantry and her kids approved of the donation items. Of course they did! The other children helped pick out the items that they brought to the movie night.
“I’ve been hungry before, but my hunger is a mild thing that tells me I should ingest some food sometime in the near future. My hunger is not true hunger, like millions of children in America face on a daily basis where they have no idea when – or if – their next meal is coming.”
Janet of Going Crazy Wanna Go enlisted the help of her Son’s T-Ball team to collect food for children in need. These boys are no strangers to Champions for Kids and their end of the season party doubled as a food drive. What everyday gatherings can you incorporate a food drive into?
“We brought them more information about the Champions for Kids SIMPLE Service Project and the Post Bowls of Hope and they were excited to see that we were involved again with this project.”
Jessica of Hungry Harps hosted a fun BBQ food drive where her guests were asked to bring a box of cereal to donate. Skip asking people to bring a dish to pass and turn your next BBQ into a food drive benefiting hungry children. Think about how much more ‘filling’ your meal will be knowing that you are feeding children in need!
“We wanted to donate more than just a couple boxes of cereal to St. John’s (our favorite organization to give to in Sacramento), so we decided to host a little bbq/ food drive. The only requirement of our guests was that they had to bring a box of cereal. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy. 🙂 They were knocking at the door before I put the phone down. ;)”
Rachel of Small Steps on Our Journey took her food drive to the TV with a local news station! Rachel joined Robin from The Kindness Project to talk about childhood hunger and encouraged others to donate non-perishable items to their drive. The Kindness Project feeds students who are fighting the effects of poverty.
“SO many people came together to help out with this food drive – they graciously gave their time and money and donated it to The Kindness Project.”
Melissa of The Mommyhood Chronicles held a Preschool party food drive equipped with Fruity Pebbles treats for the kids! Each parent was asked to bring in a non-perishable item and they were eager to join the cause. They were able to collect about 10 pounds of food for Crossroads Homeless Shelter at the end of their food drive.
“While I am only one person, I knew that my contributions to this important cause can help children and try to make a dent in alleviating childhood hunger. For my part, I decided to have a food drive at my daughter’s preschool and to have each parent bring a nutritious snack with them that I would donate to the Rhode Island homeless shelter, Crossroads.”