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Childhood Hunger was ME! Help Make a Difference!

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.

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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.

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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 for more information. Here’s a list of the participating products.

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Purchases of these items in September 2016 will trigger at least $0.10 donation up to $1 million. 

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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:

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.

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  1. Robin Rue says:

    Such a great campaign! No child should ever have to go hungry. A meal should be given no questions asked.

  2. CourtneyLynne says:

    It’s crazy how many kids this effects. So many kids where we live come from homes like this so thankfully our school all give kids free breakfast and lunch!

  3. I’d love to participate in this. I try to donate as often as I can because I can’t stand the thought of anyone being hungry or doing without.

  4. My family and I make an effort to give food donations throughout the year and not just around the holidays. We try to also keep in mind that in addition to food banks places like women shelters also need food donations, so we give to them as well. I think this is a wonderful initiative!

  5. What a great campaign. I hate seeing kids go thru hunger. So great to see people help out.

  6. Liz Mays says:

    It’s upsetting how prevalent childhood hunger is. I’m glad there are ways the average consumer can help.

  7. Every year we have a food bank that comes by for donations and we always donate a bag full. Its nice being able to give back.

  8. Sarah says:

    This is a great campaign. I really can’t believe how many go hungry, it’s crazy to think about. So sad.

  9. Jeanette says:

    This is a great campaign! I am so glad all these companies are collaborating together to help so that children do not go hungry.

  10. lisa says:

    It’s nice to know so many companies participate in programs like this. I donate every time I shop.

  11. It’s so sad to realize that childhood hunger is a real epidemic in our country. I try to donate to local food banks a few times per year. It’s important to make a difference.

  12. Thank you for this post! Childhood hunger is an issue that should be important to everyone. The school district that I live in has a summer program for kids to come for breakfast and lunch.

  13. Childhood hunger is such a terrible thing. I can’t imagine my children not knowing where their next meal would come from.

  14. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    Childhood hunger is such a common problem in the USA and so many people don’t even know about it. We donate to food banks and other programs whenever we are able.

  15. Alli Smith says:

    My family donates food to a local shelter and we help families at Christmas. It hurts my heart to know that there are kids going to school hungry and/or going to bed hungry. Together we can make a difference.

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