My family and I have always been so fortunate, there has never been a time were we have experienced true hunger. Even when times seemed tough there was always more than enough to go around.
But I know that that is not the case for everyone, I know that there are families that I have had the pleasure of knowing who have struggled with hunger even if I didn't know it or realize it at the time. It's almost impossible not to know a family that is struggling with hunger.
In 2010, 48.8 million Americans lived in homes were they were unsure of where they would get their next meals. That's 32.6 million adults and 16.2 million children. That means that 1 in 6 Americans face hunger. That could be your next door neighbor or your daughter's best friend from school.
Sometimes it's hard to know how you can help or where to even begin. Walmart has a way to get you started.
September is Hunger Action Month, in honor of that Walmart will work with their resources to donate up to 53 million meals to Feeding America and give $2.5 million for hunger relief.
You, as cosutmers of Walmart are apart of those resources. Now, through October 12th you will be able to help with meal donations for Feedign America by purchasing sleect products from participating food suppliers. These are brands that many of us buy already: General Mills, Kellogs, Unileve, Kraft Foods and ConAgra Foods. All it takes is following the simple instructions on the specially marked packages.
Last year I helped by purchasing the specially marked products and following the directions which was simply visiting a website and entering in a special code. It took a little time but it was the least I could do.
This year there is even a special perk for you if you paritcipate in the Golden Spark promotion. It gives you the chance to win $50k for your community. Walmart will randomly award 40 "Golden Sparks" valued at $50,000 each to costumers who participate in the Fighting Hunger Together Golden Sparks Promotion. The $50,000 will be used to start or expand a bacpack program that provides meals to children during weekends when they are not receieving their often free school lunch.
If you have never heard of the backpack program they are amazing. Esentially kids get their backpack filled will food that will ensure that they eat in the upcoming weekend. Staples such as peanut butter and bread not only feed the kids but the parents as well who often go without to make sure their children get what they need.
Sometimes it doesn't seem like there is much you can do to help end hunger but there is and sometimes it's just the little things. Head to Walmart, purchase the specially marked products, products that you most likely already use and take the time to follow the insturcitons. I know I will.
I would love to hear from you.
Have you ever experienced hunger? If so do you remember something that someone did that helped or meant a lot to you and your family? If you have never experienced hunger have you ever done anything to help a family who was? How did it make you feel?