What did we decide to do to fight hunger?
We went to one of our local grocery stores armed with a list of food our local food pantry needed in orange shirts. The campaign suggested we wear them and share why we were wearing them with others. I was able to share with two clerks at the grocery store about the campaign.
While at the grocery store, we searched for orange foods that were on their list. The food packaging was sometimes the only part of the products we found that were orange, but we thought it would count. The campaign didn’t suggest we look for orange foods I just thought it would be a fun look for food in the campaign’s color.
JDaniel found oatmeal in individual packets that were peaches and cream.
He found that Uncle Ben’s rice came in an orange container and decided we needed several of them. JDaniel also found peach applesauce, canned meat, ramen noodles, and canned fruit.
The box macaroni and cheese section had tons of orange boxes it was hard to decide which ones to put in the basket.
All in all, he found three grocery bags of food that we could take to the food pantry.
I was shocked to see how empty the food pantry’s shelves were. This is just one of four shelving units they have. The others looked very similar to this.
I think we are going to go back each month and drop off food. We will probably continue to shop with a color theme. Next month I think we will look for red foods.
Why? I count myself blessed that when my child is hungry I can put a meal on the table for him filled with healthy foods like chicken salad with mandarin oranges, mac and cheese, carrots and whole grain cheese crackers.
If you feel blessed to be able to do the same and want to become more involved, please visit the Moms Fighting Hunger Facebook group. You will find all the information you need to help there.