5 ways to support hunger relief organizations in your community
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5 ways to support hunger relief organizations in your community

[Disclosure: Kashi was a sponsor of Blog Brûlée. I was not asked to write this post, nor was I compensated for my time.]

One of my goals of 2015 is to get back to my roots. My food banking roots.

 

RP SOS Plate

Some of you may know that the significant amount of time I spent working for the North Texas Food Bank was truly a life changing experience for me. I was recently interviewed by Juliann Schaeffer for an article for Today’s Dietitian magazine regarding the Top 10 Things to do in 2015 to Boost Your Professional Career. Juliann nailed my thoughts exactly when she wrote the following: 

 A job that taught her much more than nutrition principles, Plotkin says working at the food bank didn’t just mold her professional persona but her personal ideals as well. “Not only did those five years help to create and mold me into the dietitian I am today, it crystallized for me the kind of person I wanted to be,” she says.

As of late, I haven’t been the kind of person I’ve wanted to be. My commitment to bringing an awareness to the issues of hunger is still strong. Yes, I still support the North Texas Food Bank, Feeding America and Share Our Strength, mainly through social media.  I’ve also blogged about it here and here and here.  

I also support companies who support these organizations, like Kashi.  Kashi is so committed to helping end hunger that they use the entire back of cereal boxes to explain how to connect to fight hunger through Feeding America. In the packaged goods arena, this is extremely valuable real estate.   Sarah Ludmer from Kashi presented all of this information to the attendees at Blog Brulee last fall. She also introduced one of their new cereals to us- Kashi Sprouted Grains Multi-Grain organic cereal. It’s made with 100-percent sprouted grains and whole grain flakes that made with wheat, brown rice, oats, barley, spelt and amaranth. The cereal is USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified.

Kashi Back of Box

 

The real question is…What am I going to do to make an impact on someone’s life through food and nutrition? 

I’m a goal setter by nature, so here are my goals to impact someone’s life through food and nutrition.

  • Monthly food donations to  Minnie’s Food Pantry
  • Sign up for the North Texas Food Bank’s volunteer opportunities by registering online
  • Teach a 6 week Cooking Matters class this spring 
  • Continue promote anti-hunger efforts via social media
  • Continue to buy products from companies, like Kashi, who support hunger relief efforts

To find out about opportunities in your community, click here to find your local food bank.

If one of your goals is to support hunger relief activities in your community, please post your goals below and how you plan to reach them in 2015!

 

 

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  • gretchen | kumquat
    Posted at 10:06h, 14 January

    such a great reminder and inspiration of how to easily give back in such a simple, but life-changing way. and grateful for like-minded businesses who see far beyond their own bottom dollar and care about people too.

  • Jessica @ Nutritioulicious
    Posted at 12:54h, 14 January

    Very inspiring Robin! Proud to know you 🙂

    • Robin
      Posted at 13:26h, 16 January

      Awww–thanks, Jessica! I appreciate your support!

  • Ashley Galloway
    Posted at 14:24h, 14 January

    I really love this post Robin. I also loved reading about your experience working with hunger relief organizations. As someone who is fortunate enough to know where their next meal will come from, and blog about it, I often lose sight of the towering hunger issue at home and abroad. I have made a goal this year to become more involved with hunger relief issues locally. I’ve already started! This month I’m sponsoring a “healthy food drive” on my campus at work to benefit the Low Country Food Bank here in Charleston, SC. Any helpful suggestions to make it as successful as possible?

    • Robin
      Posted at 13:24h, 16 January

      Ashley-you MADE MY DAY! Love that you are doing things to bring awareness of the issue of hunger on the college campus. I know that many campuses have food pantries available for students and staff. Regarding your food drive efforts, I’d recommend sharing stats, pictures, foods that need to be donated, people donating, etc. ALL OVER SOCIAL MEDIA. That’s where the students are–especially Instagram. GOOD LUCK!!