For some today is a day off-but for many today is a day on. A day to participate in one of many service opportunities around the country to make an impact in their community. I couldn’t think of a more fitting day to complete my SIMPLE Service Project-Abbott Nutrition Pack A Snack.
I searched my own pantry and closets first for things that I could donate. I also looked at the wish list for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to get additonal ideas for what was needed most.
As I went shopping to purchase additional items I looked for things high in fiber and protein as well as natural products with no sugar added. It’s easy to find inexpensive choices that are not healthy, but for very little extra money I was able to purchase items that were more nutritious. I did a lot of label reading as I was shopping, probably even more than I do when I’m shopping for myself.
The nutritional quality of the food I’m donating is important to me. 17% of children between the ages of 2 and 19 are obese. 1 of 7 low income preschool aged children is obese. Healthy options are vital if we want those numbers to change.
I gathered two large bags of healthy options to contribute to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. My donation will combine with others to support the services they provide to help end hunger in a 34 county region of North Carolina. The Food Bank participates in several programs specifically for children. Kid’s Cafe is a charitable meal service program providing hot meals, nutritional education and academic support at 26 different locations. The Weekend Power Pack provides a backpack each Friday to eligible children with enough nutritious food to last until Monday. Children are provided with meals during school breaks through the Kids Summer Meals program.
If you’re interested in participating in this month’s Champions for Kids SIMPLE Service Project gather your family, friends and coworkers together. Collect nutritious options like Zone Perfect Bars and PediaSure SideKicks and donate to an agency that serves children in your community.
If you’d like to find out more join us for the Champions for Kids Twitter Party on January 19 at 9pm. Make sure you RSVP here. You can win Walmart gift cards that you can use to create your own Abbott Nutrition Pack A Snack donation. Just follow along with the #AbbottCFK hashtag.
You can view the photo album from my shopping trip here.
This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions are my own.