Child Hunger Ends Here + Food Banks + Wisteria Lane

Child Hunger Ends Here Campaign

I'm going back to Cali, to Cali, to Cali…I'm going back to Cali… Yeah I think so :)

As part of the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign, we have been invited to LA to do a few fun things. We are going to meet the official campaign spokesperson, Dana Delaney at the NBC Studios Lot. Dana is an actress in the show Desperate Housewives. We will be touring the set and strolling down Wisteria Lane. I will be channeling my inner-Bri (and if you know me, you know that is a S-T-R-E-T-C-H!!). If you follow me on twitter, I'm sure I will be tweeting pictures too. I have never been to a Hollywood set so this will be pretty cool! And, I'm realllly excited to get to meet the fantabulous bloggers too!

On our visit, we are also going to visit a food bank in LA. We will be learning more about the operations side of things. I'm interested in this aspect because last week I spoke to FreeStore Food Bank (which is my local food bank), to understand their needs. I want to be able to provide as much help as possible with my efforts. I specifically asked them what types of foods they needed for donations. They shared a few basic items which I thought I would share with you as well:

  • Canned Fruits
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Meats Tuna, Chicken
  • Canned Beans
  • Soups
  • Peanut Butter

Proteins can be so expensive to include in meals. Obviously, any donations to provide proteins for families visiting the food bank is great to have. Of course fruits and veggies are a no brainer there :) I thought maybe offering boxed potatoes or pasta would be nice, but it seems that those are generally available more from individuals who use the services. So, they great too, but our local food bank would prefer the items listed above. You may want to check with your local food bank to see if they have specific needs/requests too.

Of course money helps too.

I didn't want my efforts to be solely about money. I know it is needed badly. I also know that as a couponer we can get those items so cheap that our clipping and planning can go a LOT farther than a flat $20. And, the reward of handing over a bag of food that you thought about means a lot too. In saying that, the food banks do get a substantial discount when they make purchases. So they are taking all donations and using it wisely as well :)

Speaking of donations, if you have a $1 and you are local, you should register for the Coupon Workshop I am facilitating on April 18. You will learn all the skillz you need to be a savvy shopper.

Oh, and I just talked to my friend Gin who registered a rally! I'm so excited. If you have registered a really, please leave a comment and let me know. I'd love to do a post highlighting all of your efforts!!

FTC Disclaimer: I am being compensated for my participation in this campaign. My thoughts, opinions and actions are my own. See my Disclaimer Policy for additional information.

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on April 05, 2010

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