As the Thanksgiving holiday comes near, many of us are dreaming about that glorious dinner with all the trimmings. Yet, what about those that go without year after year?
My girls brought home a reminder slip to donate to Food Banks of Canada to prepare for the holiday season and beyond, and we have a bagfull of dry goods ready to be sent to the school for pickup. It’s a simple act that makes a big difference as close to 850,000 individuals are helped by a food bank each month, 1/3 of whom are children.
Food Banks Canada distributed over 17 millions lbs of food to its network of 500 food banks in 2013, and that may seem like enough. Yet it’s not. On average this offers only 3-5 days’ worth of food each month, the demand is just that high.
You can see that literally every bit helps.
I’m pleased to share an initiative launched by Quaker Canada called Chewy for Charity, it’s goal is to help Canadian families in need, get the nutrition they need. Donating to this cause it so very simple that anyone can do it – you just need to Share your Child’s Art!
Quaker Chewy is asking families across the country to create a Canadian-inspired piece of art, and then upload it at ChewyForCharity.ca. For every design submitted and approved, Quaker Canada will donate the equivalent of 10 pounds of food to Food Banks Canada†.
You can browse through all the lunch bag designs already submitted on ChewyForCharity.ca as well, there’s some fine art there Canada! Parents can also choose to order a reusable canvas lunch bag with their child’s artwork printed on it, then shipped to their home.
My girls colour and create on a daily basis, yet I’ve never specifically asked them to do art based on a topic. So, they had questions first.
Once they learned about why I asked them to create a Canadian-themed art piece, they were so eager to dive in. They are familiar with Food Banks Canada since we drop off items many times a year.
My oldest knows firsthand that children can go without food, a kid in her second grade class usually came to school without a lunch. Long story short, I sent my oldest with two bagged lunches each day for a year, since I knew this child needed food. It was an eye opener for us, and for my daughter yet one blessing that came from the circumstance is that knows the true value and importance in giving back.
We’ve uploaded our art pieces at Chewy for Charity, it’s such a simple way to donate.You might even have the art done and displayed right on your fridge – and that piece represents 10lbs of food that someone else needs.
Easy, simple and important. I urge you to share your child’s art for Chewy For Charity today!
Proudly made with 100% whole grain Canadian oats, Quaker Chewy is the leading family granola bar in the country. The brand has been providing families wholesome, innovative and great-tasting products for kids’ lunches and snack-time rituals for the past 30 years and was the first in the industry to become peanut-free.
† To a maximum donation of $10,000, which Foods Banks Canada will use to acquire and share 80,000 lbs of food.
Quaker Canada will make an additional donation of $15,000.
Disclosure: This is a compensated post yet as always, opinions are my own.