Did you know that 16.8 million children don’t know where their next meal is coming from?
To me, that number is startling. I look at my sweet little girl, sleeping soundly in her bed with a full tummy and think, what if she told me she was hungry – if she looked at me with those big blue eyes and asked me for food, and there was nothing that I could do to help her? The very idea moves me to tears, and I am so thankful that I have never found myself in that situation.
However, the reality is that many parents do find themselves in that situation on a regular basis.
I feel like hunger is not something we consider until it affects us. Until a relative doesn’t have enough money to buy milk that month because she was laid off from her job and we lend her money do we realize that it happens to people that we know – many people that we know, even. But think of this – does it matter WHO the child is that we are providing for? Should you have to KNOW them to want to stop them from being hungry?
Audrey Grace and I have been so blessed, and even more so because Walmart gave us the opportunity this Holiday Season to shop for non-perishable food items to donate to the in-store food drive. They gave us $50 and a suggested list of items and set us loose in our local store. Here are a list of items that we worked off of (though I did add in a few things that were special to me that I thought a family might appreciate, like stuffing, Jambalaya Mix, and the ingredients to make green bean casserole):
- Spaghetti sauce + noodles
- Canned chicken
- Canned/boxed soup/stew
- Canned tuna
- Canned beans (baked, garbanzo, kidney, etc.)
- Canned nuts
- Peanut butter + jam
- Canned vegetables
- Canned fruits in lite syrup
- 100 percent juice boxes and cans
- Canned milk
- Evaporated milk
I created a video about my experience, and I was really surprised at how far I was able to make my $50 stretch. How do you think that I did?
I hope that you will consider getting involved in some sort of Hunger Initiative this Holiday Season but also on a regular basis. Also, though I am a Walmart mom, I want to tell you that I have honestly been so impressed by their continued commitments to causes like this one – did you know that Walmart will donate 18 million dollars in monetary and in-kind donations to fight hunger this Holiday Season alone? If you want to get involved with Walmart’s efforts then head over to to the Fighting Hunger Tab on Walmart’s Facebook page where you can vote for a community in need and help to decide where $1.5M should go to fight hunger. The community that wins will get $1M donated to local food banks and the 5 runner ups will each get $100,000 – one of those communities could be your own!
So I encourage you – make a donation. Make a difference.