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Fruit For All Project and Giveaway

Nestle’ Juicy Juice, Feeding America, and celebrity mom and anti-hunger advocate Samantha Harris have joined forces this summer to put up to 35 million piece of fruit in the hands of children and families in need.  All summer (through August 31st), every time Juicy Juice is purchased, a piece of fruit will be donated to hungry kids and their families.  You can learn more by visiting FruitForAllProject.com where you and your kids can complete challenges like games, quizzes, and puzzles to earn even more fruit donations for those in need!

The Truth About Child Hunger

  • Over 16 million American children (more than 1 in 5) are food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger. In Washington D.C., the food insecurity rate is 16.5%. Check out this Interactive Hunger Map to see state-by-state statistics.
  • For food insecure children who rely on free or reduced-price lunches, the summer presents an even greater risk. In fact, 18.7 million children are at risk during the summer months.
  • America’s battle against hunger is not about having enough food; in fact, 20 billion pounds of food go to waste each year.

Giveaway

The Fruit For All Project is donating 400 meals to my local food bank and will do the same for one Resourceful Mommy reader!  To enter to win simply leave a comment below sharing your ideas on what you can do to ease hunger in the United States.

This giveaway ends Tuesday, August 7th at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Please take a moment to learn more about the Fruit For All Project

Information and resources regarding the Fruit For All Project along with the donated meals were provided to me by Nestle’ Juicy Juice.  No other compensation was provided.

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  1. 1
    alissa
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    says:

    we contribute as often as possible to our local food bank.

  2. 2

    Make donations to food drives/banks whenever possible. volunteer your time and funds.

  3. 3
    Noreen
    Follow on Twitter: Sillymommy
    says:

    Donate extra food from your garden, if your zucchini is going crazy donate the extra
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  4. 4
    Noreen
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    says:

    Sorry, I hit enter too soon.
    This spring my girl scout troop grew plants from seeds. We gave them to a local church that grows food for a food bank. We grew peas, beans, cucumbers, zucchini and squash.
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    nannypanpan says:

    we donate at the grocery store and at school food drives
    nannypanpan@gmail.com

  6. 6
    Anne Lehnick says:

    Buy a couple of extra cans each time you go to the store (or boxes of mac n cheese, or pasta sauce, etc.) and save them in a bin to donate once every month or two.

    Our local food bank recently lost a $50,000 grant, so they could really use some extra meals.

  7. 7

    I try to educate families on stretching their food dollars!
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    HappyMomC
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    says:

    We contribute to our church.

  9. 9
    Sadie
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    says:

    We try to help out at the food bank and bring in a bag of food.

  10. 10
    @pumpkin_pie76
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    says:

    Don’t to the local food bank. For Christmas instead of gifts this is what we do as presents.

  11. 12

    This is such a complex and widespread problem that I think it requires multiple forms of action to combat. It’s so widespread that it’s a rural problem, an urban problem and an everywhere in between problem. It affects people of all races, genders, ages, religion, etc., and we need to tackle the problem at every level: locally, county wide, at the state, national and even international level. It’s a global problem and it’s growing. I know the question is about the United States, and that is what I address below, but food availability, safety and cost is connected globally and we must not forget that.

    First we need to grow more food. Personal gardens, neighborhood gardens, school gardens, gardens on military bases, rooftop gardens, gardens just everywhere. And we can’t stop with gardens and be limited to growing seasons and weather patterns, we need greenhouses and indoor gardens as well. What we grow is also very important, besides typical garden vegetables we need to plant more fruit and nut trees. We have to educate people about how to grow the food and how to store the food, how to save seeds to plant more food.

    We need to take a close look at how food prices are regulated, how actions of Congress and the stock market affect the cost of food, how often prices are artificially manipulated based on speculation.

    We also need to petition Congress to give cost of living increases to those on Medicare and Social Security every single year. I think they went 2-3 years with no increase while we watched food prices skyrocket. This is unacceptable. It’s shocking how little attention the public pays to people who are retired, on fixed incomes, often with multiple health problems unable to afford all the prescription medications they need and they’re not eating well which is causing more health problems.

    I think we need to make sure every state has separate criteria for children’s free and reduced lunch programs than they do for state aid. When everyone jumps on the bandwagon for drug testing of welfare recipients, fine, but don’t make any children go hungry because their parents are drug abusers. If anything, they probably need more food assistance because of that.

    We also have to work hard to remove the social stigma of being poor and not having money for food. Often people are so ashamed they will not ask for help, and many times this causes others in their families to suffer, especially children. So if you hear people speaking hatefully about recipients of food stamps, stand up and say something, don’t let those voices continue without speaking up for the most needy in our society.

    We have enormous amounts of food waste, and much of it could be lessened if not stopped. Grocery stores will mark down some produce items to try to sell, but many other items rot on store shelves and get thrown away because it’s actually cheaper for the store to count it as waste than to sell it at reduced prices. Other stores won’t mark things down because they don’t want shoppers to get in the habit of coming in only for discounted items for fear they will lose profit on full priced produce.

    This is probably too long of a reply, and I’m sorry, but I’m about to make it longer. This is a very emotional subject for me and I have to point out that when oil prices went up and gas prices skyrocketed, it was a chain reaction that affected almost every area of our lives, including the rise of food prices. Oil companies are posting record billions of profits and we are not only paying at the pump, but we are also paying at the grocery store. While it’s not a practical solution in many areas, we do still have rail transportation that in many cases can be cheaper to transport non-perishable good than over the road transport.

    There are many other ways we can help fight against hunger, and I have other ideas, but I’m afraid Amy is going to start charging me by the word for my extra long reply.

    • 13
      Amy
      Follow on Twitter: ResourcefulMom
      says:

      Thank you for your long reply. :) Never too long and always grateful that you’re part of this community and that you truly care about the issues that I’m occasionally able to highlight through work with brands or simply posts for myself. Feel free to write a book in my comments any time.

  12. 14
    Julie
    Follow on Twitter: bouz76
    says:

    I volunteer quite a bit at our local food pantry, this past year donations have been down and there is more demand, it’s sad. I also volunteer at my son’s school activities and whenever there’s an event we ask for food donations instead of paying for event. We have gotten quite a bit by doing this. Our town also does free summer movies in the morning for kids and adults can get in free if they donate a food item.

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