Helping Hungry Kids – $40 Goes A Long Way at Walmart #cbias #shop

Helping Hungry Kids – $40 Goes A Long Way at Walmart #cbias #shop

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.

When I was given the opportunity to participate in a Social Fabric shop in support of local children with food security needs I was very excited.  Summer time can be an especially challenging time for kids when it comes to getting the nourishment they need to thrive. Many schools have free or subsidized lunch programs for children in need so when summer rolls around that is a little bit of security that disappears for a couple of months.

I have a 3 year old daughter.  Teaching her about charity and compassion is high on our priority list.  We take every opportunity available to us to implement these lessons.  We sponsor a little girl in India. When we go grocery shopping we buy extra and put some in the donation bin. During foodbank drives we go though the pantry and fill our donation bag.  And we don’t just DO these things; we talk about why we do these things.  She understands (as much as a 3 year old can) that we are fortunate; that there are many people who have far, far less than we have.

When we talk about people who are in need we tend to put an emphasis on children. It is much easier for her to relate to the needs of other kids.  So when we told her we were making a special shopping trip to buy food for kids that don’t have enough she was pretty excited. It was also really clear that our lessons were reaching her.  When I asked her if she understood why we were buying food for other kids she immediately responded, “Because their mommies and daddies don’t have enough money to buy them enough food.”

Food bank shopping

Obviously this was a special event, requiring a velvet and taffeta floor length gown.  Molly really was excited, going through each aisle and picking what she thought the kids would love.  Of course we did have to reign her in a bit or we could have ended up with a cart full of Skittles and cookies.

Since giving to the foodbank is something we do on a fairly regular basis I had a pretty good understanding of what kinds of items are generally in demand and the most appropriate. Items like peanut butter are perfect foodbank donations since they are shelf stable and packed full of protein to help satisfy hungry little tummies.  I also touched base with the awesome people that work at our local food bank to see if there were currently any specific items they really need. Juice, pasta, canned meats and stews and soup topped the list.

Foodbank Essentials

Not only are these foods a great option for a foodbank donation but they are very reasonably priced.  I was amazed at how much food we were able to purchase for $40.  The Walmart “Great Value” brand was hands down the winner when it came to value.  And since we use some of these products at home I know that many of them taste just as good as the brand name products.  That is important to us.  When we donate food from our own pantry we don’t take the “well we aren’t eating this anyways” approach.  We give what we think will be needed an appreciated.  

Foodbank Essentials

That’s a lot of food for $40!  We have it all bagged and ready to donate.  Normally we would just drop it in the donation bin at the store but Walmart (at least the ones in our city) doesn’t have Foodbank donation bins. I was a little surprised by this.  But we drive by the Foodbank every day so it won’t be an issue getting it there!

You can find all the photos from our Foodbank donation shopping trip here.

Do you donate to your local foodbank?  How are you teaching your kids about charity and giving?

This article has 16 comments

  1. I love that she put on a fancy dress! Teaching our kids about giving back is one of the most important lessons we can impart.
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  2. This is great. And a reminder we can all be doing more.
    xo

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  3. I always struggle with what to contribute to the food bank. I know that money is good too, because they have exceptional buying agreements. However I have done this exact shop myself with my kids, and delivered it to the food bank with them, because that is more real than watching Mom write a cheque.

    • You are right, we often forget that the foodbank also relies on cash donations as well to operate.  But, yes, the little ones don't really get that and this is certainly more "real" for them!

  4. Journeysof TheZoo
    Monday 29 July 2013, 9:01 pm

    I think it's great that you're educating your daughter on the importance of giving to others. Like you, it is a regular topic of conversation at our home. Even though our kids are only 3.5 years old, they get it and they want to help out. You got so much stuff for $40. We too found a lot of value in the "Great Value" brand.

    What is there to wear besides velvet and taffeta floor length gowns whilst buying shopping carts full of skittles and cookies?

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo
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  5. I love your approach to giving and donating. And such a nice dress for the event!
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  6. That IS a lot of food for $40! And what a cute shopping partner you had with you.
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    • I was amazed actually at how much we got for $40.  I certainly am the type to watch for sales and clip the off coupon but you can do so much more when you really put your mind to it!

  7. That is a good deal. And fun too.
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  8. This is a great post – I love that your daughter understands what you're doing. I have wondered in the past why WalMart doesn't have donation bins – I am sure they could collect a lot of food for foodbanks in their communities!

  9. This is great way to teach kids, kudos!

    For those without kids, please consider doing this instead:
    Here in Ottawa at least, the Foodbank has supplier and matching agreements in place that turn a $1 donation into $5 worth of food. If you want to spend $40 on food for the Foodbank, gross it up by your marginal tax rate, and donate that amount and get a tax receipt. For example, in Ontario if you're in the 46.1% marginal bracket, that means that an $80 donation will get you back close to half ie. $40 on your tax return, meaning your donation really cost you about $40. The Foodbank then uses your $80 donation which only cost you $40, and leverages it into $400 worth of groceries. That's a factor of 10!!! And they use that cash to buy what they are short of at the time.

    So please consider giving cash and getting your tax receipt.

    Cheers,

    -Jim

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