It’s sad to find out that more than fifty million Americans don’t know where their next meal will come from. I know hunger is an issue and that with more families facing financial hardship, it’s an issue that affects many. I just didn’t know the number of people in America who are dealing with hunger on an everyday basis. Fifty million is a lot.
I’m glad to share with you that Walmart is working to help fight hunger in America and has committed $2 billion in donations through the year 2015. This spring, as part of their efforts, Walmart has partnered with major brands ConAgra, General Mills, Kellogg’s and Kraft to help customers give more than 42 million meals to local food banks. Through April 30, if you purchase select products in Walmart stores from these brands, you can help fight hunger as well.
Products from these brands are specially-marked with information on fighting hunger (each brand has their own program name) and instructions for how your purchased products can donate meals to food banks. For example, both ConAgra and General Mills have codes on their packages that you can enter on their respective fighting hunger sites.
Another way you can help is by visiting the Fighting Hunger Together App on Walmart’s Facebook page. Through this app, you can vote for your local community to receive funding. Two hundred communities with the highest unemployment rates have been identified and through the Facebook voting aspect, twenty-one communities will receive funds – one community will receive $1 million, while twenty other communities will each receive $50,000, totaling $2 million that Walmart is providing to these communities.
I’ve already voted for our local community to receive funding. I hope you take a couple of seconds to vote for yours. It’s super easy!
In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing more about our experience in purchasing products from the brands Walmart has partnered with and entering the product codes to donate food to food banks. I am excited to walk through this process with my daughter and teach her more about hunger as an issue in America, and worldwide. Perhaps we can all take this as an opportunity to talk more with our kids about such issues and how we can help, even in a small way.
Remember, check out Walmart’s Fighting Hunger Together App on Facebook and vote for your local community!
What have you told your children about hunger in America?
Disclosure: As a member of the Walmart Moms program, ModernMami™.com was compensated for this post. As always, all opinions, ideas, and stories are our own.