Heading Back to School with Healthy Eating #Dole4Kids
School is just around the corner and we are doing a lot of shopping for our kids in preparation for their return to school. I was excited to pay it forward with my friends and family to the kids in our community, thanks to Dole and Champions for Kids. I remember the first day of school when I was a kid. I was nervous and excited at the same time, but I never remember being worried about having enough food to eat. What a blessing that was! However, there are many children out there that don’t have enough food to eat on the first day of school and I wanted to help eliminate some of that. I wanted to help build a better world for kids!
The first thing I did was head to our local Walmart for some healthy snacks. Our kids enjoy eating Dole Fruit Bowls and I knew I wanted to donate those to our local food pantry. I found a huge variety of Dole Fruit Bowls at our local Walmart and they were only $2.00 each. What a great deal!!! They had Pineapple Tidbits, Diced Peaches, Diced Pears, Mandarin Oranges, Mixed Fruit, Cherry Mixed Fruit, and more. I really wanted to donate Dole Squish ‘Ems (I’ve heard lots about them), but couldn’t seem to locate them this time around. Be sure to check out my Google+ Story to learn more about my shopping trip.
For our donations, I chose our local Food Pantry in Nipomo. I have friends who have had times in their lives where they had to go to the local Food Pantry to pick up staples and healthy foods for their families, which often included children. I also had a time in my life where I received help from the community when it came to my kids starting school and needing food to eat. I wanted to help pay it forward and decrease the amount of children that would be without healthy snacks this school year. What an amazing feeling to know we are helping others!
I also wanted to get my family and friends involved, so I phoned and emailed various moms in my community (both from play groups, Bunco groups and other Mom groups). I collected a variety of Dole Fruit Bowls from all of them! I am so thankful to have family and friends that have the same desire to give back to the community and work towards ending child hunger.
Do you want to help too? It’s simple! Gather your family, friends, and co-workers to participate in a “Back to School Snacks” Project. Ask each person to bring nutritious non-perishable snacks for kids. You might even consider hosting a contest to see who can collect the most items to donate! The next step is to give the snacks you collect to a local school nurse, teacher, social workers, or food pantry to help children in your community enjoy their first days back to school. You can double your impact by reporting your project at Champions for Kids during the month of August 2013. During the month of August, Dole will make a matching donation of up to 1,000 Dole Squish’ems through Champions for Kids to help children in need!