The Crazy Suburban Mom: Blogging and caring, feeding the hungry with comments...

Monday, August 10, 2009

Blogging and caring, feeding the hungry with comments...

General Mills and ShopRite will donate one box of cereal to a food bank for each of the first 30 people who comment on this post so please, leave me a comment. It will cost you nothing and will mean a family can count on breakfast, at least for a few days.

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I know, I know. I don't usually get to the point that fast and I tend to be wordy. I've tried to work on brevity but it's not happening so I thought I would get right to the point with this one. If you don't make it through the rest of my post at least you know your comment will mean a food bank, and a stomach, will be fuller for your effort.


ShopRite Partners In Caring, a regional hunger-fighting initiative, contacted me about joining their "Blog It Forward to Fight Hunger” program. My response was, Of course.

Have you noticed lately how many food banks and shelters stand in front of grocery stores handing out lists of what they need most to shoppers entering the store? I used to only see them around Thanksgiving; now I see them frequently. I always take a list and at least buy something, if not several things. There are so many hungry people.

No, not hungry people. Starving people.

The ShopRite organization recognized the pervasive problem of hunger experienced by so many people right in the neighborhoods served by their stores. It’s a problem that not only exists during the holiday season, when attention is focused on charitable giving, but it also exists throughout the year. ShopRite had already been helping to fight the problem of hunger for more than 20 years through its support of the Feeding America network (formerly America’s Second Harvest) and through participation in the Checkout Hunger program, but wanted to do more.

In 1999, ShopRite conceived and began its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, a year-round, community based hunger fighting initiative. With the help of more than 50 manufacturers, the program is committed to helping to feed and meet the nutritional needs of families and the elderly who may otherwise go without. These generous companies are a major reason why ShopRite Partners In Caring has been such a success.

Today, the ShopRite Partners In Caring program supports 23 regional food banks and more than 1,400 charitable agencies with food or meal components. With a $2 million annual donation, more than $20 million has been donated since 1999 in the fight against hunger.

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For this campaign ShopRite has partnered with General Mills and bloggers to donate boxes of cereal to food banks. I've come in on the campaign a bit late and only have until August 13, 2009 to get 30 comments. And to um, send them my picture. Seems just for doing this post they will put me on the a box of Honey Nut Cheerios as part of a photo montage. Which is, um...Gee, I never thought my face could sell cereal but when I told my kid my coolness ratio went through the roof and since he's already told all his friends... Um, could you help me out? Personally, I hope my head on the box turns out no bigger on than a Polly Pocket's, my son's got something more along the lines of a Time Square billboard in mind.

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If you come upon this post late remember that a "$1 donation can purchase 10 pounds of food from a food bank." (FeedingAmerica.Org)
There are no small donations. Everything helps.


32 Comments:

Sandy 8/10/09, 6:55 PM  

What a good thing General Mills and ShopRite are doing, and how cool that they chose to publicize it through your blog!

icedteaforme 8/10/09, 6:59 PM  

what a great idea! (should that have been 4 posts lol) thanks for doing this you future cereal box star!!!

RobinAnn 8/10/09, 7:06 PM  

This is a wonderful gesture on the part of ShopRite an General Mills.

Pollyanna (formerly the Laughing Idiot) 8/10/09, 7:08 PM  

From one cereal lovin' family to another - hope they get the prize they want :)

What a great partnership!

Vonlipi 8/10/09, 7:26 PM  

That is a super important issue. Thanks for blogging about it.

It's the same in Canada. The food banks are bare or running low. And we are being solicited all the time not just around the holidays.

El 8/10/09, 7:27 PM  

How fitting that the Crazy Suburban Mom would be on Honey NUT Cheerios!
Seriously, it's great that ShopRite and General Mills are doing this and that you're participating.

Anonymous,  8/10/09, 7:42 PM  

I love to see companies and the community give a helping hand. What a wonderful thing That Shoprite and General Mills are doing ! I will be sure to buy more of their products due to this in the future !

Restless Mama 8/10/09, 7:47 PM  

Here's to helping a family and community!

Therese 8/10/09, 7:53 PM  

what a great thing to be associated with! need to remember to give a donation in my area. T

Anonymous,  8/10/09, 8:21 PM  

This is great. I wish I could do more, and they say every little bit counts, so here's my little bit!

@eloh 8/10/09, 8:23 PM  

Our church does Thanksgiving for our city, last couple of years the number of people has been soaring.

aimeewrites 8/10/09, 8:40 PM  

One more comment for the cause!!

Anonymous,  8/10/09, 8:51 PM  

This is awesome, that they are doing this and using your blog - how cool is that!!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) 8/10/09, 8:55 PM  

Very cool that you're doing this - happy to help any way I can! :)

DADiaperBank 8/10/09, 10:39 PM  

Very happy to post my 2cents for a great cause! Thanks for joining the effort and letting us all be part of it!

Maricris Zen Mama 8/10/09, 10:44 PM  

This is a great act! I hope you get more than the 30 comment you needed.

Anadan 8/10/09, 11:03 PM  

Glad they chose to do this through your blog! Great site btw.

Deb 8/10/09, 11:06 PM  

Happy to help!

beth 8/10/09, 11:36 PM  

incredible! glad i can help!

illahee 8/11/09, 12:49 AM  

i love cheerios, i'm sad that i can only get it by ordering off the internet! i hope you reach your thirty posts in time! and i hope you get on the box of cereal!!

kiwimeg 8/11/09, 5:09 AM  

Good for you on getting involved with this great initiative :)

ladyjanewriter 8/11/09, 8:21 AM  

I'm always so happy when bloggers can do good in the world with their little bloggy-blog!

Christa 8/11/09, 8:32 AM  

We live in a small town outside of Charlotte, NC. Our church did a fundraiser to help the Second Harvest Food Bank. All of the food pantries and local shelters were running close to empty. We made flyers and handed them out for a month or so. We asked people to take a paper grocery bag and fill it with non perishable items and personal hygeine items. They could then leave the bags on their front porch and we would come pick them up on the chosen date.
It was amazing! We filled a tractor trailer completely full with food.
Anywho, here's my comment!

Anonymous,  8/11/09, 8:38 AM  

Congratulations on helping fight hunger and being on the box. Happy to comment!

Anonymous,  8/11/09, 10:15 AM  

Glad to help with a box!

Jeve (aka John and Steve) 8/11/09, 10:51 AM  

This is absolutely amazing. Good for you. How did you get involved with this?

Anonymous,  8/11/09, 11:33 AM  

This is a great idea. Thank you shoprite and general mills.

Mom Mayhem says: 8/11/09, 11:50 AM  

A great cause -A great Idea! Here's my comment :)

Anonymous,  8/11/09, 1:59 PM  

What a great gesture! Thanks for getting involved!

LZ 8/12/09, 9:54 AM  

Woo-hoo! I'm number 30! Great idea to do this...

EvenSong 8/13/09, 3:07 PM  

And a pinch to grow and inch...Er, 31, just in case one of the above signatures isn't a registered voter!

Kathy B! 8/13/09, 5:24 PM  

Awesome that you're doing this!

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