What does it mean to be food insecure? In simple terms, those who are food insecure have no idea when, or from where, there next meal is coming. They don’t have consistent access to the nutritious food which is necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As difficult as things have become in our current economy, it’s still hard to wrap my mind around the idea that there are those in the United States who struggle with that insecurity on a daily basis. Even more surprising, I discovered that one in six children, in my own state of Nebraska, fall into that category! To say I was shocked doesn’t do justice to the emotion that statistic evokes. Hunger isn’t just about hunger pains, and in our day to day lives, the outward signs of hunger may be virtually invisible to us, because we incorrectly “diagnose” them as something else. Hunger and malnourishment contribute to a child’s inability to concentrate and affects their academic performance. Lack of nutritious food options contributes to childhood obesity and the health risks associated with it. Hunger makes it difficult for kids to deal with frustrations; and from birth to age 7, when so many vital body systems are still developing, malnutrition can have a lifelong impact on children’s health and development.
A call to our local food pantry, Blue Valley Community Action, confirmed things I already knew and left me with a few more questions. I already knew our own church is active in making donations there and I discovered that many other local churches and organizations collect and add to the supplies, as well. I was really pleased to hear that donations of fresh produce are made every Monday, Wednesday and Friday by our local WalMart store and that it is available, 6 items at a time, to anyone who needs it. It was exciting to here that the facility had resources for storing and distributing perishable items like seasonal fresh fruits and veggies, too! When I visit next week, I hope to learn even more about childhood hunger in our small town.
One way I’ve discovered that our family can contribute and help meet some of the needs, locally, is to accept an invitation to participate in the Champions for Kids Abbott Nutrition Snack Packs Simple Service Mission. Champions for Kids works with many companies to mobilize MILLIONS of people by providing training and resources to improve the lives of children in communities across America and beyond. With a goal to mobilize 20 million people, by 2020, they need everyone’s help! You and I can get involved and be part of that huge number by participating in Champions for Kids Simple Service Missions. This month’s project is Abbott Nutrition Pack a Snack. We’ll be making our snack pack donation, at Blue Valley Community Action, our local food pantry. I can see that they do a good job of reaching the families and children with the greatest need. You can participate in the Snack Pack Mission, too!
The Nutrition Pack a Snack Mission is simple. Gather your friends, family, and coworkers to collect nutritious snacks for children in need. Items like Pediasure®, Pediasure SideKicks®, and ZonePerfect® bars, would be great to share, along with other healthy and nutritious snacks! Take your Nutrition Pack a Snack donations to an organization in your community that serves children. It could be your local food pantry, a school, a shelter, a church or any other non-profit you know of that serves children’s needs. Every able person, providing nutritious snacks for children in their own community will be a great start to helping to stamp out childhood hunger around the globe. I hope you’ll join in the cause. I’ll be reporting back soon with pictures of what we decided to include in our Snack Pack.
Sources for information used in this post:
- Hunger Free Heartland
- Hunger Free Heartland Blog
- Champions for Kids
- Champions for Kids Simple Service Projects
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