LA Food Bank + Wisteria Lane

CHEH David Arquette

OK, this one is long overdue. I really wanted to share a few things with you regarding my recent trip to LA.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, part of the ConAgra Foods Child Hunger Ends Here campaign was a trip to LA. This was my third trip to LA in the past year. It's so funny because never in my life would I have thought I would go to LA. Then, to get to go and visit a TV set… well, it was pretty cool :)

The trip was truly a whirlwind. Soon after arriving to LA, we went to the LA Food Bank. Now, as much as I've giving to food banks, pantries and other ministries, I have only on a few occasions truly been the “hands and feet.” So, getting to see the behind the scenes operations was really quite interesting…and HUGE! The LA Food Bank serves over 1 million people a year!

LA Food Bank

This photo is from fellow CHEH Community Blogger, Molly of The Snyder 5

While we were there, we also helped to stuff backpacks. With this backpack program, children who are eligible for free or reduced lunches receive a backpack full of food to take home over the weekend. They bring it back each week where it is filled up again. What a great program! This program also does not stop when the school year ends. There are some locations that go to school year-round so the needs – and backpack stuffing – continues as well! I was helping to wash out the inside of the backpacks along with Judy (Dirt Road Musings), Kelly (The Cent$ible Life) and Melinda (Look What Mom Found). I think we did a fine job, ladies :)

CHEH Wisteria Lane

This photo is from fellow CHEH Community Blogger, Danielle of Extraordinary Mommy

The next day was the Wisteria Lane launch. We arrive at the studio lot and it was truly harder to get onto than the border! We all got our passes and were on our way. The studio lot we were on was also the same lot they filmed some of Jaws. We passed it quickly but it was cool to know that's where it was filmed!

Then we get to Wisteria Lane. All of the houses are old houses from other tv shows. One house was from Leave it to Beaver. I guess even Hollywood believes in reusing stuff :) We visited the character, Susan's house (aka Terri Hatcher). Pictured below are Andrea (Savvy Sassy Moms), Laura (My Dallas Mommy), Courtney (Detroit Mommies) and me in Susan's house.

CHEH Inside Susan's House

This photo is from fellow CHEH Blogger Corespondent, Kelly of The Cent$ible Life

I was really surprised to see how dirty the baseboards were. And, the microwave was never used. I tried to open it and it wouldn't open. Finally, one fascinating tidbit, the rose bushes outside were fake but they looked SO real right down to the dead rose buds! I need some of those.

There was a lot of media and several other celebrities (besides us, ya know). Feeding America, ConAgra Foods and Dana Delaney (the official spokesperson for the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign) gave great speeches on why this campaign is important.

The highlight of the day was getting to have our picture with David Arquette. We were all uuber impressed with him. He shook our hands and acknowledged that what we were doing was important. He's not just an actor, he is truly an activist. And, one that I respect a lot more now. He may even remember Andrea and I more because we were sitting beside each other and he was all like “the two Andrea's.” Yeah, but Courtney thinks he'll remember her because he's married to a Cortney (Cox).

I am still honored to be working on this campaign. I mentioned that I had my Coupon Workshop with proceeds going to the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. We raised $50 and had donations for the local food bank. I'm excited to use my blog for good. And, this campaign is something I fully support and am proud of.

There are so many ways you can get involved. Hold a Rally, donate money, check out the Clothes off our Back Auction, purchase ConAgra Foods. Every little bit helps and buying ConAgra Foods products is simple and inexpensive (as I posted over here).

CHEH Andrea Stamp out Child Hunger

This photo is from fellow CHEH Community Blogger, Kelly of The Cent$ible Life

Be sure to check out the other Community Bloggers not mentioned above: Jenny (The Suburban Jungle), Niri (Mommy Niri), Christie (Inside the Chatterbox), Tamra (The UNExperienced Mom), and Jessica (It's Jessica's Life). They entire group working on this project are passionate and professional bloggers. I'm excited to be on the team with them!

You can see my personal photos from the day below!


FTC Disclaimer: I am being compensated for my participation in this campaign. My thoughts and opinions are my own. All expenses were paid for this trip, as well. See my Disclaimer Policy for additional information.

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on April 26, 2010

2 Comments

  • Kelly Whalen - April 26, 2010 @ 7:10 pm
    1

    So glad to be a part of this campaign with you!
    It was great to meet you in person.

    Exciting that you were able to raise $50 and food donations for your local community. I can’t wait to host my event!

  • AllieZirkle - April 27, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
    2

    What a fun trip and the tour pics are super cute!

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