In the busy chaos of trying to prepare for the holidays, it is often overlooked that so many people will not get the beauty of sitting around a table and indulging in a Thanksgiving feast. In fact, 1 out of 6 people will not even know where their next meal will come from. It truly breaks my heart when I hear that so many are in need and I often feel helpless in how I can possibly help. As someone who desires to live a frugal and simple life, I am always looking for those “scraps of life” ways that I can give back to others. This is just another way that I want to share with you that you can give back to others, both simply and within your own budget.
You may not have noticed the food barrels at your local Walmart store as you are hurrying off to do your holiday shopping. Well, I am excited to share that Walmart is running a Fighting Hunger Together Campaign and providing barrels where you can make a food donation to help support food pantries that are desperately in need right now. These barrels are conveniently located near the entrance of the store (mine was located right outside of the grocery side of our local store) where you can drop off your donations as you are entering or leaving to do your shopping.
If you’re thinking about giving to a food drive, here are a few of the items currently needed:
- Canned Meats (tuna, chicken, stews)
- Peanut Butter & Jelly
- Spaghetti Sauce & Noodles
- Canned Beans (baked, garbanzo, kidney)
- Canned Vegetables
- Canned Fruits (in light syrup)
- Juice Boxes (100% juice)
- Cereals (boxed, oatmeal)
The food pantries can also use basic household items and toiletries, like toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, shampoo, deodorant and diapers (sizes larger than newborn). If you’re thinking about donating to a food drive, Walmart is conducting an in-store food drive through Monday (11/22), so please head out there this weekend and lend your support.
I encourage you to take a moment to visit the Fighting Hunger Together site and learn more about these efforts to feed the hungry. When you visit, be sure to “Like” your own community. Votes will be tallied to see where the donations will be going.
Below is a video of our family taking our own trip to do a donation. With just fifty dollars, we were able to donate 49 items for the cause. We gathered up many of the items for just a mere fifty cents or so each! The kids were thrilled to help and we were proud that we were able to contribute to such a worthwhile cause.
I am a part of the Walmart Moms program, and Walmart has provided me with compensation for these posts. My participation is voluntary and opinions are always my own.