Engaging Kids In Social Good

It’s never too early to try to teach children about social good.

When impressionable young minds learn about the most pressing issues of our times, it helps spark their passion for social justice, innate empathy and interest in making the world a better place.  We believe in the power of raising solid citizens through prioritizing family service projects while doing our best to model giving.  And children bring energy, innovation, and thoughtful perspectives in ways that only little people can.

We’re not experts in the parenting arena – but it’s our belief that these seemingly small acts of charity will help to shape a moral imperative for living a life of contributing to social good.

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Amidst National Service Month, it’s an honor to partner with Child Hunger Ends Here to help fight child hunger.  Here is the U.S., one in five kids are at risk, affecting every single county in America.  With 16 million kids in need, ConAgra and the ConAgra Food Foundation are harnessing the power of youth to tackle this issue – and we’re inspired by all of the simple ways to help change the trajectory for food insecure children and families.

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Armed with a $50 sponsored gift card and our family’s matching $50 contribution we made two trips to the market to shop for food pantries and shelters.

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We drove the kids to take the bags of non-perishable food to Rockaway, NY – an area devastated by the effects of Hurricane Sandy, and home to the second largest concentration of public housing projects in New York. This is where my husband and I discovered the beauty in volunteer dates and where the kids first participated in service projects including family giving during the holidays. This month’s family service projects may have felt small, but we prioritize them and know that they all add up to something good.

Find a few of our tips for getting kids involved in fighting child hunger below:

  • Invest children in all aspects of the project: Create kid-appropriate dialog surrounding economic hardship and food insecurity – and help kids to participate in the project as much as possible.
  • Keep the emphasis on the recipients:  For our recent food donations project, I explained to the kids that we were only purchasing food to donate.  Despite needing coffee and paper towels, and despite my preschooler loosing it over a box of character-emblazed crackers – we stuck to the plan. It may be a challenge, but it helps little ones to imagine themselves in the shoes of others.
  • Point out avenues to help in your community:  From designated boxes in our church to organized activities in our community – there are ways to help contribute all around us. Point out these avenues and participate in helping, to show children that giving is a social norm and a way of life. 
  • Repeat and celebrate stories of family service projects: Children find security in family togetherness.  Talk about and celebrate family giving and have others speak to your kids about their service experiences. I often ask my mom, the kids Abuela (grandmother), to talk about the ways in which we helped hungry children while growing up. This helps to solidify family values and a long-term commitment to serving public good.

We’re so inspired by the young agents of change who have won $500 grants from the ConAgra Food Foundation as part of generationOn’s Make Your Mark on Hunger campaign. And it’s our hope that our little-ones follow in the footsteps of our local winner, Roseline Ulysess from Brooklyn NY.

Discover more about ConAgra Foods’ approach to fight child hunger and please share your family’s tips and strategies with the hashtag #FightHungerTogether.

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We partnered with The Motherhood and ConAgra Foods to share a sponsored story about Fighting Child Hunger.  The message is important to us – thank you for reading!

 

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A Call To Action: Child Hunger Ends Here

Just a few weeks ago during the Polar Vortex single-digit freeze, I gratefully schlepped my kiddos to school in inclement weather upon learning about the disproportionate amount of NYC students that would go without a meal if the school systems were closed.  On a national level, more than one in five children (and more than one in four Latino children), may not know where their next meal is coming from.  The prevalence of food insecurity among U.S. children is profound and the numbers are truly eye-opening.  Nearly 16 million children do not have enough food to fuel the promise of an active, healthy childhood. 

That’s equivalent to 8,000 playgrounds full of food insecure children.

I couldn’t be more honored to be a Child Hunger Ends Here Ambassador and lend a voice to sharing simple ways to help end child hunger.  Through a partnership with ConAgra Foods and P&G up to seven million meals will be donated via the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign.

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How To Help:

  • It’s easy to make a difference! Simply look for the red pushpin and locate the code found on specially indicated ConAgra Foods and P&G Products.  Enter the 8-digit code at www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com (through August 2014) and ConAgra Foods or P&G, respectively, will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to the nation’s leading hunger-relief charity, Feeding America.
  • Through a partnership with Grammy-nominated Country Artist Hunter Hayes, Child Hunger Ends Here will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America (up to 1 million meals), for every download of Hunter’s new single “Invisible” on iTunes.
  • Share a favorite family photo on Instagram with the hashtag #HunterGramPromo, and Child Hunger Ends here will donate one meal towards eradicating child hunger. In addition, the instagram photo will give you a chance to win entry into an exclusive Hutger Hayes event, courtesy of Child Hunger Ends here.

One of the easiest ways to help spread the word and get involved is by joining the Child Hunger Ends Here Facebook community.  Also follow their mission of ending child hunger on Twitter, Instagram, and under the hashtag #childhunger.

Additionally, please take a moment to fill out this quick reader survey to help ConAgra Foods and The Child Hunger Ends Here campaign gauge awareness.

As a child Huger Ends Here ambassador, I was compensated for this post.  I’m honored to be a small part of this important campaign.

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