Posted by: Jacquie Fisher   

Moms Fighting Hunger: Host a Neighborhood Food Drive

 

Today's post is one of those that I'm both excited and sad to write --

Excited because I'm working with a group of amazing moms who are all focused on making a difference in the lives of children!

But also sad because it means that there are kids who are going without food every day.

 

September is Hunger Awareness Month and we'd love your help to stock the shelves! 

Kids who don't have enough food are more likely to get sick and aren't able to concentrate in school.

22% of kids under age 18 live in poverty and 16 MILLION kids live in households that struggle to put food on the table.

Our goal is to inspire as many people as possible to donate to your local food pantry in order to help local families.

 Moms Fighting Hunger

Now, I know we are all busy - life gets crazy and we WANT to help, but it's not always easy to find the time to make a difference.

So, I'm going to make it a little easier for you -- 

 

Here's a 3-step Neighborhood Food Drive that can be completed in less than 1 hour! 

How's that for easy :)

It really is a wonderful service project for families, especially those with young children.  We've done this at least 5 different times in our neighborhood and it's always been a huge success.

 

Free Printable Flyer for Neighborhood Food Drive

Step 1:  Print off these Neighborhood Food Drive Flyers.

Here's a free printable food drive flyer for you -- just fill in the date you plan to collect your items! 

We also found that most people are more likely to donate if the name of the food pantry is included so we left a line for that information also.

The flyer also includes a list of the most needed items that are highly requested at many food banks and pantries.  Feel free to add others any additional items and in our experience, many houses will donate a good variety of food.

I would suggest delivering the flyers at least 5 days prior to your pick-up date so neighbors have time to grab something at the grocery store once they've seen the list.

 

Step 2:  Take a walk and leave the flyers on the front door of each neighbor's house.

This is where the kids can help -- we taped the flyer to each doorway on our walk to school.  We also printed some of ours on bright orange paper so they could easily be spotted on the doorways.

Or deliver them on a walk or bike ride around the neighborhood one day or evening. 

You may also want to send out an email or message on Facebook.

 

 Host a Neighborhood Food Drive

 

Step 3:  Grab a wagon or the car and head back around on your chosen pick-up day to collect the donations!

If you have a few cardboard boxes with you, you can box up the donations as you collect them. 

Now just drop off the donations to your local food pantry or check with your grocery store to see if they have a collection bin.

 

Really, it's that easy and will make a big difference in the lives of kids this month, and next month, and well into the holiday season!

If you'd like to share photos of the kids doing a food drive, I would LOVE to see them!  Post them to our Facebook page and we'll be sure to share them with everyone :)

 

Here's the list of the super amazing moms who are focused on helping kids get the food they need -- be sure to visit their blogs to read more about how you can help fight hunger. 

 

September 8

The Good Long Road

Kids Stuff World

September 9

Kid World Citizen

September 10

Inner Child Giving

San Antonio Mom Blogs

September 11

ButeauFull Chaos

September 12

Bits of Positivity

September 13

LatinoAmeriGringa

September 14

Your Sassy Self

September 15

Not Going Postal

September 16

All Done Monkey

September 17

Multicultural Kid Blogs

September 18

Pennies of Time

September 19

Coffee Cups and Crayons

September 20

Red White & Grew

September 21

MomitForward

September 22

September 23

Edventures with Kids

September 24

A Thrifty Diva

September 25

Crafty Moms Share

September 26

The Pleasantest Thing

September 27

Frogs & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails

September 28

Optimistic Heathen

September 29

Moments a Day

September 30

Kids Stuff World

 

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Guest - Sheila @ Pennies of Time on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 03:56

Thank you for making this service project so EASY to do! Will be using this!

Thank you for making this service project so EASY to do! Will be using this!
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