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Child Hunger Ends Here

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I’ll never forget a conversation that I had with a school principal 20 years ago.  My oldest child had just started kindergarten and I had just reviewed the upcoming school calendar.  I found it bizarre that there were many weeks that had multiple half day school schedules.  Why in the world would you have a half day on Thursday and another on Friday, rather than just a whole day off??  And when I dropped off my daughter for school the next morning, I did indeed give the principal a piece of my mind. 

His name was David Rotter.  He was one of the best principals EVER (he retired a few years later).  I marched up to him and demanded that he give me a few minutes.  He agreed and we moved just inside the school building.  I explained that I was livid about SO MANY weeks with multiple half days and how inconvenienced I would be because of it.  My rant was full of the words “I, me, and my.”  “How dare they do this to me?  I’d have to pay my sitter more on those weeks!  I KNEW I should have put my child in a different school!!”  I’m ashamed of how self centered I was.

But Mr Rotter listened patiently.  And then he explained something that I never would have been able to see without him.  I’ll never forget his words–

Jewel, we try to limit the number of whole days off that we have.  And we try not to have them on Fridays or Mondays.  You see, for many of our students, breakfast and lunch at school are the only meals that they have.  Period.

Wow!  How small I felt.  There were HUNGRY children at school.  The school was trying to help them.  They didn’t have food at home.  Wow!  I will never forget that conversation.  That was 20 years ago, but the stats haven’t changed much.  1 in 20 American children has no idea where their next meal is coming from.  More than 20 million children depend on free and reduced priced school meals.

So, when offered the chance to become a Child Hunger Ends Here blogger for ConAgra Foods, I jumped at the chance.  ConAgra has been working to end childhood hunger for more than 30 years, donated $30 million so far, and pledged to give $10 million more over the next 5 years.

Look for specially marked packages of ConAgra foods, including:

  • Peter Pan Peanut Butter
  • Banquet Frozen Meals
  • Marie Callender’s Meal Bakes
  • Chef Boy Ardee Ravioli
  • Healthy Choice Steamers
  • Healthy Choice Mixers
  • Healthy Choice Soups
  • Kid Cuisine

Once you get home, you must enter the 8 digit code, found on the packages, into the ConAgra website.  1 code can provide 1 meal to Feeding America, who ConAgra has partnered with.  I recently went to Walmart and picked up a few of these products.  I filled my cart and as I handed the cashier my credit card, I smiled and thought of David Rotter.  I wonder if he knows what an important lesson he taught me that day.  And check out the shiny badge on my side bar.  I display it proudly!

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias.  The opinions are my own.

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3 Responses to “Child Hunger Ends Here”

  1. Wow Jewel, what a personal post. There are times when we don’t always CONNECT with the reality of children going hungry, people being homeless, etc. Thank you for putting into perspective.

  2. Thanks for sharing, this is great!

  3. Thank you for putting this in such a real context for us – those of us that have don’t always think about what it’s like for those that don’t.

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