This is a partnered post on behalf of Unilever Project Sunlight, to help spread awareness for the Share A Meal initiative. All opinions are my own.
In a recently shared a bit about the Project Sunlight #ShareAMeal program, along with some startling statistics about childhood hunger. For example, the fact that 1 in 5 children in America go to be hungry at night. That’s 16 million children going to bed hungry – equate that to the populations of Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia combined.
After learning about these statistics and the Project Sunlight Share A Meal initiative, I was eager to do more in my own community. Living in a poor rural area, I know there are a lot of families in need. To help make a difference, I reached out to a few friends and organized a small food drive to benefit our local food pantry which services more than 150 families each month. That’s a lot, considering how small the population is in our county.
There are some wonderful people who work at Glascock Action Partners, offering a variety of services to our community. They are always so appreciative of any help we can give.
While the purpose of giving is helping others, I’m not going to lie – it feels really good to help others. I get warm fuzzies inside when I am able to help someone else. It’s a feeling I would love to have all the time. See that smile on my face?
The premise of the Project Sunlight Share A Meal program is to encourage people to get involved and help put an end to child hunger in America – to create a brighter future for children – by taking small steps to live sustainably, use less and share even more.
It doesn’t take much effort for you to help end childhood hunger in America. The small act of sharing a meal could have a big impact on a family in need.
Here are 7 ways you can help Share A Meal:
1. Help a Family in Your Neighborhood: Simply sharing a meal with a neighbor either in the form of a simple lunch or dinner party, or even packing an extra lunch for your child to take to school, could go a long way.
2. Partner with Local Organizations: Local community organizations are great resources for sharing a meal in your area – simply tap into their networks to see how you can help.
3. Coordinate with Your Local Food Bank: Whether you wish to volunteer or host your own local food drive, use Feeding America’s online Food Bank Locator tool to get in touch with a food bank in your area.
4. Host a Virtual Food Drive: Feeding America’s Personal Fundraiser tool is a great place to start and to reach out to friends, family, and colleagues for contributions.
5. Donate: Consider swapping a night out with a night in and share those extra savings with children and families in need in the form of a donation to Feeding America.
6. You Buy One, We Give One: Look for the Unilever “You Buy One, We Give One” coupon offer in the Sunday paper on November 16. Redeem at participating stores from November 16 – 30 and Unilever will donate one meal* to Feeding America when you purchase any participating Unilever product.
7. Lend Your Voice: Inspire others by revealing why you’re helping to end child hunger on social media using, “I #ShareAMeal because…”
If you are able, I encourage you to help put an end to child hunger. You can make a food bank donation like I did, or any of the other suggestions above. It’s also important to help spread the word about the #ShareAMeal campaign. Spread the word on your own social media accounts, or simply retweet my tweet below.
I share a meal because there are children in my community who are hungry. #ShareAMeal #sp http://t.co/mV4PGqRNCr pic.twitter.com/DGPZw8fDuA
— About A Mom (@aboutamom) October 28, 2014
Need more inspiration? Visit ProjectSunlight.us. There you can download the informative Unilever Share A Meal Toolkit to learn more about the power of a shared meal.
How would you “Share A Meal” to help end child hunger?
Manu Kalia says
This is a great cause. I hope everyone has the same heart as you. God bless you
Melissa @ This Girl's Life Blog says
This is a great cause. These are all great ideas and ways to help stop hungry.
Thanks for sharing these great ideas. What an important cause.
Love the Unilever buy one give one offer! These are all great ways to share a meal!
It is baffling how 1 in 5 don’t have enough to eat in this country. Something is very wrong with that! I love it when companies step up to do their part to end hunger. We give to our food bank year round in hopes that our little part will make a difference too.
Chrystal @ YUM eating says
What a great program. We help with our church group, donate to food banks and we have a child we sponsor and give money to monthly to help with food, education, clothing and shelter.
It’s such a nice campaign and Unilever is being generous! Very good cause and idea.
Cam | Bibs and Baubles says
Love this program. It really is shameful that any child would go hungry. I’m glad there are efforts to help.
I love that you’ve included such a great list of ideas so everyone can get their hand in the helping. The one to coordinate with the local food banks is a great one. We’ve done that before here, and they were so receptive!
April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition says
These are great ways to help out in the community! It’s alarming how many families don’t know where their next meal will come from.