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Did you know that more than 16 million children under the age of eighteen in the United States are food insecure—unable to consistently access adequate amounts of nutritious food necessary for a healthy life? Even more heartbreaking is the fact that more than three million children under the age of five are food insecure. In just the Blue Ridge area of VA alone there are about 60,000 children struggling with hunger. Hunger is a reality in America, one that more children have to face every day. Food is their chance for a better tomorrow and a strong foundation for the future. Hunger has no prejudice, sadly it’s everywhere. Do you know what a hungry child looks like? It could be your next door neighbor, a child from your Sunday school class or a classmate of your child. About 20.5 million children depend on free or reduced-price school meals to help keep them from going hungry. I grew up on the reduced priced meal plans at school and know of families that need to visit the local food bank to help keep food on the table so I do know what it’s like.
We make food donations through out the year. We participate in the school drive at Little B's school, we have set out bags of groceries for Stamp Out Hunger and we have have donated during the holidays as well. I know many people try to make the extra effort to give during the holidays but think about it we eat every day not just for holiday meals so why not give all year long when you can? We are blessed enough to be able to buy food whenever we need it. Not everyone is that lucky but with a little help from all of us and Champion for Kids we can help make a difference in our communities. The featured project of the month from Champions for Kids is the Abbott Nutrition Pack a Snack. My mission as being a part of Champions for Kids is to make up Abbott themed Snack Packs with products like PediaSure, PediaSure SideKicks and Zone Perfect bars from Walmart and then donating the snack pack(s) to a teacher, shelter, organization or person in need. The snack packs we put together will either go to Little B's school or the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. We have always participated in collecting food but never thought to start up a drive ourselves, that is until now. We are working out the details of getting a food drive here for our community started. Little B is excited to help other kids to be able to enjoy meals every day like he is.
Once we have all the details worked out I will be sending out emails, making phone calls and of course sharing online about our drive. If you are local to Lynchburg, VA and would like to help with our drive or donate you can contact me (Shanaka) using the Mama Bee Does contact form.
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