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Canned goods, food bags and more! Finding ways to help end hunger!

Last month our church provided a list outlining the specific food needs of typical migrant families in South Florida.  The church provides the food to a local mission who distributes the bags of food to the migrant families in need. When I saw the list in the back of the Sunday bulletin, including a basic photo of each item, I knew that it was something we could do.  I also knew that I would be teaching my daughter the importance of providing for others in need.

I kept the bulletin in my purse until my next trip to Publix.  Armed with my daughter, we went up and down the aisles with our cart and the list.  She would, very happily, put the items in the cart as we found them.  It really was exciting, especially to see her smile as she would say things like, “Wow, mom I’m so happy that they will be able to make lots of rice with this HUGE bag!”  She was genuinely happy that she was helping a family who didn’t have food.  My heart was full.

When we got home, we sorted through our groceries and she carefully added each one into the requested reusable grocery bag.  To top it off, and to make my heart melt some more, she made the receiving family a beautiful card.

Moments like those shouldn’t happen just around the holidays.  These families and millions more are going hungry every day.  There are many organizations in your local communities that are ready for you to help them help others.  The Hormel Foods’ On Our Way to Ending Hunger is a great example.  During this 2011 fiscal year the program has provided over $5 million to hunger-relief organizations throughout the US.

The areas below received the product donations.

1. Southeast — Tornados hit Alabama and other parts of the southeast United States on April 27 leaving residents without access to their homes or food for days.

2. Joplin, Mo. — On May 22 an F-5 category tornado devastated the town and left many homes destroyed.

3. Historic flood levels ravaged Minot, N.D., on June 23 leaving hundreds displaced and without access to nourishment.

4. Northeast — In late August, Hurricane Irene knocked out power and forced people from their homes all along the east coast.

(Data is courtesy of http://www.hormelfoods.com/newsroom/press/20111121a.aspx)

I invite you to share how you and your family gives back to the community.  Have you given toys this holiday season?  Worked in a soup kitchen?  Donated canned goods?

Disclosure: I am currently a member of the Hormel Foods Extended BloggerProgram and this post is part of my involvement in the Group. While Hormel Foods provides me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, all statements and sentiments stated are my own.


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