Every Sunday my rather large family gathers at a family member’s house for what we refer to as “Sunday Dinner”. There is an abundance of everything…. children (9 to be exact), rough housing injuries (typically a minimum of 3), dancing (think Taylor Swift on repeat), sports viewing (golf season is oh-so thrilling….), wine (necessary), and of course, food. From hearty appetizers to gourmet entrees, there is never a shortage of food. Sunday dinners are an amazing tradition that my children are lucky to experience on a weekly basis. Whether it’s T-Swift or Jordan Speith that entertains us, it’s always the meal that brings us all together. This past Sunday we had whole wheat macaroni and cheese casserole, roasted butternut squash and brussel sprouts with a proscuitto crumble, bratworst with grilled onions and whole grain mustard, Tuscan lemon chicken, kale and barley salad with feta, and one gigantic birthday cake…. (with ice cream). But don’t let the birthday cake fool you. Although we were celebrating my son’s 6th, the meal was a typical one. And while I would never want to take this tradition away, I think it is important to put things in perspective for our children and inspire them to help others who aren’t as fortunate. So I snuck over to the “kid table” and sparked a conversation.
Take a look:
There are 16 million kids in America aren’t getting the food they need. As a mom, that makes my heart ache. The service project that we completed was so simple – we bought and collected some of my own kids’ favorite snacks, located the nearest food pantry, and donated. If you are interested in making a difference in your community you can visit www.childhungerendshere.com to learn more about ConAgra Food’s approach to fighting hunger and for inspirational project ideas. ConAgra Foods and the ConAgra Foods Foundation have been donating food and investing in partnerships to find solutions that are within reach for the past 20 years.
Another simple way to help is by looking for the red pushpin and locating the code found on specially marked ConAgra Foods products. For each 8-digit code entered at www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com from March-August 2015, ConAgra Foods will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America, up to 3 million meals.
If this inspired you to locate your local food bank and make a donation with your kid’s involvement, remember to use the #FightHungerTogether hashtag to share how you and your family are helping to fight hunger. Because everybody deserves to have their own version of “Sunday Dinner”. I can’t imagine my life without it.
This post was sponsored by The Motherhood on behalf of ConAgra Foods. All opinions are my own.