Over the years, this platform has brought my family and I incredible opportunities, and we couldn’t be more grateful. With all that we have been lucky enough to receive, I have made it a point to give to those who are less fortunate. With or without this blog, giving back is a quality that I am determined to teach my children. They live in a city where they are exposed to a great deal, and they regularly witness homeless people living on the subway and people sleeping on the street corner in the dead of winter. While I can’t give money to everyone we cross paths with, it is my job as a parent to teach my children to give and offer assistance in different ways.
While on the subway recently, a man was asking for money, everyone tried to keep their heads buried in their smartphones, avoiding eye contact. Everyone, except my son who grabbed a banana out of his bag and handed it to the man. I think the whole subway car welled up, as I watched with pride. With selfless actions such as this, or donating some old toys to shelters, I try to teach my kids the importance of offering that helping hand.
Two of our favorite brands, Earth’s Best and Ella’s Kitchen have partnered with No Kid Hungry to support efforts to end childhood hunger in America. The brands have donated funds to provide 1.5 million meals through No Kid Hungry. No child should ever grow up hungry, yet millions of children in the United States struggle with hunger; not because our country lacks food, but because families in need do not always have reliable access to nutritious meals. To help drive further awareness for No Kid Hungry, specially-marked packages of Earth’s Best and Ella’s Kitchen organic baby food pouches are now available at select Walmart stores, making it easier for consumers like you to get involved.
My family and I had the opportunity of putting together a package for our local shelter, The Bowery Mission, over the weekend. Since 1879, The Bowery Mission has served homeless, hungry and poor New Yorkers, and currently serves over 1,000 meals every day to the homeless and poor, as well as distributes bags of groceries to neighbors struggling to make ends meet. The kids and I packaged up some of our favorite snacks from Earth’s Best and Ella’s Kitchen, along with items such as canned soups, peanut butter, cereals, and snack bars. While each kid enjoyed choosing their own items to include, I think they understood how they were helping other children like them, who are less fortunate.
Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is working to end childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast, while helping families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. I am asking each one of you for a CALL TO ACTION.
Share your posts on Instagram with @strollerinthecity and the hashtags #FeedKidsinNeed and #NoKidHungry, showcasing how you work with your family to end child hunger.
We will select a winner to receive a $100 gift card to Walmart stores to create their own gift basket to donate to a charity of their choice.