When I was a kid, my mother and I struggled financially for quite a while. We were on our own. My father did not pay much in child support. My mother was trying to go back to college to get a better job. We lived in a small basement apartment. We needed help. We needed food. I was a statistic that sadly still exists today. 1 in 5 children in America live in households without access to adequate food.
We were pretty lucky to qualify for food coupons and the free school breakfast and lunch programs for me. Not all kids in American are that lucky. Kids who are hungry do not learn as well. In fact, test scores improve by nearly 20% when start the day with a healthy breakfast. Imagine what those kids could do. They could be an astronaut, a teacher, a senator. The possibilities are endless. But those kids don’t feel like their possibilities are endless. They feel stuck.
YOU can help make a difference. YOU can volunteer. YOU can donate. Probably the easiest thing you can do is shop at your local Shaws and buy participating products. You need to grocery shop anyway, and so many products are on the list. I love the Shaws Organics brand so I was so happy to see that they are a participating product. Check out shaws.com/hungerisus for more information. Here’s a list of the participating products.
Purchases of these items in September 2016 will trigger at least $0.10 donation up to $1 million.
My children got just a small look into the world of childhood hunger. They collect food and donate to our local food bank each week. Here’s a shot of the holiday collection last year. It helps remind them about how fortunate they are.
This program ends at the end of the month so don’t delay. Get shopping or donate today! At Shaws you can even donate at the register – shoppers can add a $1, $3, or $5, or any amount to their purchase at checkout. I’ve already donated at this way a number of times. It’s so easy! I’m also purchasing participating brands each time I shop at my local Shaws market this month. I’m also looking into ways to volunteer in my community. There is great info on all you can do here: shaws.com/hungerisus
What will you do to help make a change?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons Companies & Hunger Is. The opinions and text are all mine.