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Fighting Hunger Together
Hello everyone. It’s me, Mrs. Coupon Dad. Zack mentioned this post and I had to take the reigns and talk to ya’ll about this project. It is one that hits home for me.
Did you know that more than 5o million Americans do not know where they will get their next meal? 50 million… Yes, this really happens in America. One of the principle reasons for this hunger is unemployment.
This cause is near and dear to my heart because I know what it is like to be hungry. Growing up, my mom worked hard and many times there just wasn’t enough food to go around. There was one particular time that really stands out. My two brothers, my sister, and myself went without food for 3 days. I will tell you that once you know what true hunger is, you never forget it!!! Let’s join together to not let this happen to another child.
Springtime traditionally brings a decrease in food and charitable donations to food banks around the country. To help bridge the gap, Walmart and Feeding America has teamed up with 4 of the most recognizable companies in America (Kraft, ConAgra, Kellogg’s, and General Mills) to join in nationwide Fighting Hunger Together initiative from Monday, April 9 through April 30….! LOVE IT
So between April 9th and April 30th Walmart will be doing a campaign on Facebook where we can help by voting for communities that have some of the greatest need for hunger relief.Vote among 200 communities with the highest unemployment rate as determined by a Department of Labor Report (found here:http://bit.ly/H1yxFK). Walmart will donate a total of $2 million to the 21 communities receiving the most support: $1 million to the winner and $50,000 each to the 20 runners-up. I’m thinking that should help make a BIG difference and really help. Winning communities will be announced May 1st.
How cool is that….! The community with the most votes will receive $1 million…. The Fighting Hunger Together initiative is expected to generate 43 million meals for families in need. SWEET
Check out the list of communities from the Department of Labor. There are 3 communities that I absolutely love and are true to my heart! First, Mobile, AL. This is my hometown. Mobile has a 10.2% unemployment rate. My brother, his wife, and infant daughter live there. Last year my brother lost his job. It took him almost a year to find work. Next, is Beaumont, TX with a unemployment rate of 10.6%. My mom and step dad, my sister, her husband, my two nephews, and my niece that has yet to make her arrival all live in Beaumont. My step-dad has been without work for 18 months. Lastly, there is Colorado Springs, CO. The Springs, as it is known to the locals, has a 9.6% unemployment rate. Coupon Dad’s mom and step dad live there! Plus, we spent our second anniversary in “The Springs” With that being said, my vote goes to Beaumont because I have so much extended family that could really use the help. Who are you going to vote for?
Also, you can purchase select products from ConAgra, General Mills, Kraft and Kellogg’s, customers can donate meals to Feeding America or Action for Healthy Kids, a nonprofit fighting childhood hunger. Check out in-store signage and packaging to make a purchase and help make a difference.
So don’t forget to vote starting April 9th. That’s this coming Monday! 50 million people going hunger in America is unacceptable. Remember when you are couponing, think of your local food bank. If there is a BOGO on something consider giving one of the items to your local food bank to help someone in need.