I don’t know about you, but when I think about making food donations I typically think about donating soups, canned veggies and other meal ideas. When Champions For Kids suggested a snack pack I got to thinking – meal ideas are great, but what about the kids? I mean sure, they need meals too, but kids who need food also need something fun too. A fun snack might be just what they need.
Our mission – create a snack pack to donate to a food pantry.
When shopping for our snack pack, we decided it was important to mix nutritious options with a little fun. After much debate we selected Abbott’s Pediasure (in chocolate, of course), banana chips, raisins, animal crackers, trail mix and Rainbow Goldfish (which are better than plain Goldfish according to my three year old). A snack pack that would please any kid. You can see more pictures from our shopping trip in my Google + story.
As I previously posted, our snack pack for the Champions for Kids‘ simple service project would be donated to The Sharing Center. In addition to our snack donation, my husband recently cleaned out his closet so we also had three bags of men’s clothes and shoes to donate to the thrift shop. The Sharing Center also recently opened “The Oaisis,” a place for homeless families to shower and get cleaned up. The Oaisis is always looking for travel-sized toiletry items, so I cleaned out our stash of hotel goodies and filled a bag full of shampoos, conditioners, lotions, etc.
Upon arriving at The Sharing Center I figured we would just drop off our items and leave, but the woman we met was kind enough to show us the pantry so K could see where her donation would go. I was happy to see that among the shelves of meal ideas there were also shelves just for kids (apparently I wasn’t the only one thinking about snacks for kids). Cereals, snacks and goodies just what kids want. I even noticed several six-packs of Pediasure on the shelf, so our donation would fit in perfectly. The woman told K all about how people who need help can come and get food they need to help them get back on there feet. She even mentioned that when there are kids they always try to give them some fun snack items like what we brought with us. It was a really neat experience to bring K back into the pantry to see all the food donations and learn about where her donation would go.
I am honored to have been a part of this campaign to give back to our community. Learn more about how you can get involved in giving back with Champions for Kids at www.championsforkids.org. If you are on Twitter, I also invite you to participate in the Champions for Kids Twitter party on January 19 at 9:00 EST using the hash tag #AbbottCFK.
Disclosure – This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.