I participate in this program on behalf of ConAgra Foods and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.
“Not in my backyard.”
“That couldn’t be anyone I know.”
“We live in America, surely no one is hungry.”
Those are things that many people including myself are inclined to think when it comes to the very real problem of children being hungry right here in the United States. The reality is one in five children experience hunger in America. Think about that for a moment. That is 20% of children right here where we live who are not getting enough to eat or are wondering where their next meal will come from. There are about 15 children in each of my kid’s preschool classes. That means that it’s very possible there are 3 kids from each of their classes that are hungry. 6 kids that I know. 21.5 million children in America rely on free or reduced price lunches. That is a staggering number made even more heartbreaking when you think that those same kids are not getting their school lunches on the weekends, during the summer, and on breaks.
Children who struggle with hunger experience problems focusing and learning in school, can develop long term health problems from lacking the proper nutrition to grow and develop and what is just heartbreaking to me they are robbed of the happiness and being carefree that should come with being a kid.
As a mom and a food blogger and someone who shows love by feeding people, I knew I had to do something to help. You are probably wondering what you can do to help as well.
ConAgra Foods has created a way for moms like us to help simply by doing something we are fortunate enough to do probably every week- grocery shopping. They partnered with Proctor & Gamble for a campaign called Childhood Hunger Ends Here to donate up to 7 million meals to children who need them.
Here are some facts on child hunger in the US, the Childhood Hunger Ends Here Campaign, and how you can help get the meals to hungry kids:
As I mentioned when you’re grocery shopping, it’s easy to make a difference: Look for the red pushpin on participating product packaging for a code found on these specially marked ConAgra Foods and P&G products. For each 8-digit code entered at Childhood Hunger Ends Here from March-August 2014, ConAgra Foods or P&G, respectively, will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America.
You can also join the community and get involved. Join the Child Hunger Ends Here Facebook community here or follow the news on Twitter and Instagram at @ChildHungerEnds. We’re on social media anyway, right? Let’s use it to make a difference.
If you’re in Texas like me, ConAgra Foods and P&G are donating an additional 100,000 meals to local Texas food banks on behalf of H-E-B, in appreciation for their partnership to end child hunger.
A list of the current products with codes for donating to Childhood Hunger Ends Here are:
|Active Offers||Start Date||End Date|
|Marie Callender’s Mini Pies and Cakes: Buy 1, Save $0.75||5/7||5/27|
|Iams Woof Delights (8oz) Assorted Varieties: Buy 1, Save $0.30||5/11||6/10|
Offers Active BEGINNING May 14
|Always Ultra Thin, Always Maxi, Tampax (12-24 ct): Buy 2 for $6.00||5/14||5/20|
|Pantene Shampoo (12.6 oz) and Pantene Styling Product: Save $2.50||5/14||5/20|
|Head & Shoulders: Buy 1, Get 1 for $1.00||5/14||5/20|
|Orville Redenbacher’s (6-Pack or Larger): Buy 1, Save $0.50 with Yellow Coupon at H-E-B||5/14||5/27|
|Hebrew National Hot Dogs (1 package): Buy 1, Get Gulden’s Mustard (12oz) and Snack Pack Pudding Cups (4pk) Free||5/14||
As you can see there are some great products that you probably buy every time you shop anyway and now can help provide meals and fight child hunger in America.
I used the Hebrew National Hot Dogs a current offer with Wolf Brand Chili and Rotel tomatoes (upcoming offers!) and we had a chili cheese dog night at home!
I added 2 cans of Wolf Brand Chili and 1 can of Rotel tomatoes drained along with half of a package of shredded cheese to my slow cooker. I mixed it thoroughly and cooked on high for 4 hours. Then I dropped the Hebrew National hot dogs and buns on my griddle pan to give that nice grilled flavor. I sauteed 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic, 1 cup of chopped onions, and 1 can of drained chilis with olive oil for about ten minutes. The onions and chilis are delicious completely optional and you can use fresh onions if you prefer.
This was a simple fun and delicious meal that is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner or can be scaled up using the larger cans of chili and tomatoes for parties or cookouts. I am so grateful my own kids never have to worry where their next meal comes from and they’re as carefree as it comes so when I’m cooking for them I’m grateful to be able to help the children in America who are not so fortunate. Thank you to ConAgra, P&G, and HEB for making it as easy as grocery shopping.