Blog it Forward to Fight Hunger

Blog it Forward to Fight Hunger

Did you know that an estimated 31 million Americans will miss at least one meal today? More than a third are children, and an ever-increasing number are senior citizens. Do you realize that these very people who are going to bed hungry may be your neighbor, a co-worker or the elderly women you see every day on the street? It’s amazing to think that in the United States, the land of plenty, there are people who are starving and do not know where their next meal will come from.
Blog it Forward to Fight HungerShopRite Partners in Caring, a regional hunger-fighting initiative is partnering with General Mills to raise awareness about the issue of hunger and Nutmeg Nanny is going to help “Blog it Forward.” General Mills and ShopRite will also donate one box of cereal to a food bank in ShopRite’s trading area for the first 30 people who comment on this post. So that means everyone must comment! Ok, I won’t make you, but I would love to get all 30 boxes donated to a family or person in need.

In New York, 14.4% of the population live in poverty. Approximately 970,000 are children and 353,000 are elderly. The New York State Food Bank Association helps feed about 2.1 million citizens each year. Of the citizens served in the year 2005:
– 30% were children younger than 18
– 11% were elderly
– 37% have had to choose between buying food and paying utility bills
– 34% have had to choose between buying food and paying the rent or mortgage
– 24% have had to choose between buying food and paying for health care

How does ShopRite help?
ShorRite Partner in Caring is a year-round community based hungry-fighting initiative that works with more than 50 food industry manufacturers to provide $2 million annually to charitable agencies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Since it was founded in 1999 Shoprite Partners in Caring has donated $20 million to more than 1,400 charities.

Blog it Forward to Fight Hunger

Every time you buy an item marked with the special ShopRite Partners in Caring shelf tag you are helping someone in need. A few of the companies that help support the hungry are General Mills, Procter & Gamble, Jose Ole and Sargento.  Here is the full list of participating partners.
How can you help?
– Comment on this post. General Mills and ShopRite will donate 30 boxes of cereal to a local food bank for the first 30 comments to this post.
– Make sure to buy specially marked ShopRite Partner in Caring products at your local ShopRite.
– Contribute to the annual Check Out Hunger program at participating ShopRite stores by asking your cashier for a $1, $3, or $5 donation tag at check-out.
– Send a tax-deductible donation to the ShopRite Partners in Caring Fund:
ShopRite Partners in Caring Fund
c/o Consumer and Corporate Affairs
P7-103 Wakefern Food Corp.
P.O. Box 7812
Edison, NJ 08818-7812
If you would prefer to make an online donation click here
– Support local charities by contributing to their fundraisers, or help organize a fundraiser in your neighborhood.
– Contact your elected officials to find out what is being done about hunger and poverty in your community and encourage them to support policies that help the needy and the organizations and agencies that help them.
– Write a “letter to the editor” of your local newspaper about hunger in your community and encouraging other to support community programs.
– Volunteer at a food bank or food pantry, soup kitchen or other charity in your community.
– Talk to your children about the effects of hunger on other children in your community and encourage them to get involved. For help on how to talk to your children about this topic go here.


15 Responses to “Blog it Forward to Fight Hunger”

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    Marcy Lundberg — August 13, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    This is a wonderful thing shoprite and General Mills is doing.K It would be great if all of the different labels would do something like this. This is a sign of our country working together as a team. Helping out each other. Keep up the GREAT work you are doing……

    Marcy Lundberg

    Cape Coral,FL

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    nicole — August 13, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    what an awesome way to help others out!!

  3. #
    A. Barber — August 13, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Sounds like a good cause!

  4. #
    nora@ffr — August 14, 2009 at 7:04 am

    vat a great post!! keep it up!!

  5. #
    Nicole — August 14, 2009 at 8:22 am

    I hope you get all 30 posts. No one should have to go hungry like that…

  6. #
    Natasha - 5 Star Foodie — August 14, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Great cause! Will check Shoprite out. Thanks!

  7. #
    Faith — August 14, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Great post! The statistics are really amazing, aren’t they? ShopRite is doing a very good thing!

  8. #
    willie — August 14, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    good job, hope more will take note and follow suit

  9. #
    Erin — August 14, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Help feed kids! 🙂

  10. #
    Barbara — August 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    This is a great post. I volunteer on Fridays to deliver meals on wheels, so I’m a great believer that everyone can make a difference.

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    Heavenly Housewife — August 15, 2009 at 8:49 am

    This is a wonderful cause, its so good of you to bring this info to peoples attention. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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    Reeni — August 15, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    This is a great cause!!! Thanks for blogging about it!

  13. #
    chayacomfycook — August 16, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Thanks for posting this.

  14. #
    Blond Duck — August 17, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    What a great cause!

  15. #
    Bellini Valli — August 20, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Such a worthy cause. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

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