Central Florida has a hunger problem. This sign inside Second Harvest Food Bank pretty much sums it up. Hunger can impact anyone, but it’s not a subject people choose to openly discuss.
I know summer is especially tough for hungry school-aged kids, millions of children lose access to school breakfasts, lunches and after-school snacks they usually receive during the regular school year. My family hosted an untraditional taco fiesta featuring Jennie-O ground turkey to celebrate Father’s Day. Even the pickiest of eaters can have fun building their own taco creations!
We had some boating fun and afterwards had an extremely low-key and “simple” gathering.
Most importantly, we collected non-perishable foods for Second Harvest Food Bank so hungry families can eat.
From June 1 to June 30, Champions for Kids is partnering with Jennie-O Turkey to encourage community projects across the country benefiting children in need of a nutritious meals this summer. Called SIMPLE Service Projects, the idea is to host or organize an event to collect non-perishable foods that you would then donate to a local organization that serves children in need, such as a food pantry, shelter or daycare center.
As you can see, it doesn’t take much effort or planning…but the impact is huge. There are many ways to get involved (have a food collection party, volunteer at your local food bank, and/or donate). Looking for ideas, Champions for Kids shared 4 easy steps here.
To learn more about Simple Service Projects and kid friendly recipes, join the #Fiesta4Kids twitter party on June 24th at 1 pm EST.
Disclosure: I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.