Let’s Work Together to Eradicate Childhood Hunger

I’ve always loved to cook and feed people, it’s a part of who I am. So, it’s no surprise that I love cooking and baking for my son, Rawley. Watching his taste develop over the last year has been a fun part of parenting for me. I’ve spent many hours on Pinterest searching for new recipes, freezable foods, and healthy meals. Figuring out what things he really likes (muffins, salmon cakes, ketchup) and things he won’t touch (olives) has been an interesting journey.

Hearing him say “hungry” when he’s ready to eat tugs at my heart. It’s my pleasure to fill his belly with yummy (and mostly healthy) foods and to watch him enjoy eating as much as I enjoy cooking (okay, I enjoy eating a lot too!)

As I sit across from him at the table, in all my gratitude for all the foods I get to feed him, I can’t help but be reminded of all the stuff that’s happening around the world with children. There are refugee families who are fleeing their countries and starving along the way, and here in our own backyard in America, children are hungry as well. It’s estimated that 1 in 5 children don’t have enough food in their homes on a regularly basis, and 3 out of 5 kids are showing up to school hungry. Hearing this, and knowing this… it just breaks my heart.

When I look over at Rawley with a plate full of (healthy) options—I imagine HIM not having enough food. I imagine him telling me the word “hungry” and me not being able to give him enough to fill his belly. It’s unbearable to think like that, yet it’s true for so many children in our country.

My son, Rawley, eating breakfast in his "Captain Awesome" PJs ("Mini whole wheat pita's stuffed with scrambled eggs, bananas and blueberries.)
My son, Rawley, eating breakfast in his “Captain Awesome” PJs (“Mini whole wheat pita’s stuffed with scrambled eggs, bananas and blueberries.)

And while I may be able to feed him, I have to ask myself, what can I do for all of these other children?

Every time I become aware of something like this, I know I have to do something, even if it’s a little something. And I remind myself that sometimes those “little somethings” add up to bigger pieces that collectively make an impact. That’s why I love when everyday places where I shop to keep food on my own table, give me a chance to provide food on someone else’s table. That’s what’s happening at Safeway during their Hunger Is campaign right now until September 30th.

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When I don’t have time to cook, or I’m out for the evening, I love meals like this P.F. Chang’s Orange Chicken that my husband will actually “cook” for Rawley and himself!

During the Hunger Is campaign, all you need to do is shop for your regular groceries and be sure to pick up a few participating items from O Organics, Campbells, Kelloggs, CocaCola, Marie Calendar and even PF Changs brands (see the entire list here!). Each of these items purchased earns money towards a meal through Hunger Is! Plus, during check out you can easily add a donation of a $1, $3, $5 or $??? (how generous can we be?!)

What’s really great about this campaign is that it’s a local-driven campaign, anytime you make a contribution in your neighborhood, you are helping LOCAL children get access to healthy food!

I love when we can shop for what we need for our own households while also doing good for other people at the same time—and especially helping children combat hunger.

I’ve always believed that when we come together, we have the ability to create massive change. By myself I cannot feed all the children who are hungry, but together we can feed enough to create change, to break the cycle of hunger, and to help children in America feel fullness in their bellies and warmth in their hearts.

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I think of all the children out there like my Rawley, wishing that they all have food for their little tummies, hoping they never have to go to school, to bed, or a day without enough food… and I ask myself again, what can I do to make an impact?

To learn more about Hunger Is, to find out how you can donate, volunteer, or make a difference with childhood hunger, visit http://www.hungeris.org/

Be sure to visit Safeway (I go to Cherry Creek or Colorado Blvd) to participate this month. What you do matters. Every little action surmounts to big results when we pull our efforts together! Never forget that!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons Safeway . The opinions and text are all mine.