Did you know that an estimated 31 million Americans will miss at least one meal today? More than a third are children, and an ever-increasing number are senior citizens. Do you realize that these very people who are going to bed hungry may be your neighbor, a co-worker or the elderly women you see everyday on the street? It’s amazing to think that in the United States, the land of plenty, there are people who are starving and do not know where their next meal will come from.
ShopRite Partners in Caring, a regional hunger-fighting initiative is partnering with General Mills to raise awareness about the issue of hunger and Nutmeg Nanny is going to help “Blog it Forward.” General Mills and ShopRite will also donate one box of cereal to a food bank in ShopRite’s trading area for the first 30 people who comment on this post. So that means everyone must comment! Ok, I won’t make you, but I would love to get all 30 boxes donated to a family or person in need.
In New York 14.4% of the population live in poverty. Approximately 970,000 are children and 353,000 are elderly. The New York State Food Bank Association helps feed about 2.1 million citizens each year. Of the citizens served in the year 2005:
– 30% were children younger than 18
– 11% were elderly
– 37% have had to choose between buying food and paying utility bills
– 34% have had to choose between buying food and paying the rent or mortgage
– 24% have had to choose between buying food and paying for health care
How does ShopRite help?
ShorRite Partner in Caring is a year-round community based hungry-fighting initiative that works with more than 50 food industry manufactures to provide $2 million annually to charitable agencies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Since it was founded in 1999 Shoprite Parners in Caring has donated $20 million to more than 1,400 charties.
Every time you buy an item marked with the special ShopRite Partners in Caring shelf tage you are helping someone in need. A few of the companies that help support the hungry are General Mills, Procter & Gamble, Jose Ole and Sargento. Here is the full list of participating partners.
How can you help?
– Comment on this post. General Mills and ShopRite will donate 30 boxes of cereal to a local food bank for the first 30 comments to this post.
– Make sure to buy specially marked ShopRite Partner in Caring products at your local ShopRite.
– Contribute to the annual Check Out Hunger program at participating ShopRite stores by asking your cashier for a $1, $3, or $5 donation tag at check-out.
– Send a tax-deductible donation to the ShopRite Partners in Caring Fund:
ShopRite Partners in Caring Fund
c/o Consumer and Corporate Affairs
P7-103 Wakefern Food Corp.
P.O. Box 7812
Edison, NJ 08818-7812
If you would prefer to make an online donation click here
– Support local charities by contributing to their fundraisers, or help organize a fundraiser in your neighborhood.
– Contact your elected officials to find out what is being done about hunger and poverty in your community and encourage them to support policies that help the needy and the organizations and agencies that help them.
– Write a “letter to the editor” of your local newspaper about hunger in your community and encouraging other to support community programs.
– Volunteer at a food bank or food pantry, soup kitchen or other charity in your community.
– Talk to your children about the effects of hunger on other children in your community and encourage them to get involved. For help on how to talk to your children about this topic go here.