For the next few days, we are going to be working on a corporal work of mercy as part of our Giving & Gratitude for Kids series — feed the hungry.
With the holiday’s coming, food pantries and other organizations are looking for donations to the food pantries and the grocery stores are running sales on all sorts of food staples, like canned vegetables, cake, cookie, & brownie mixes, frosting, crackers, juice, gravy, noodles, pasta sauce, canned soups and pasta, hot chocolate, peanut butter and tomatoes. It should be easy to have your kids pick out a few varieties of items on sale that they think other families would like. It could also be a great lesson in teaching them think about the healthiest and most filling options on a budget.
If your kids are older, you might give them the challenge of figuring out the grocery game at the big three (Rite Aid, Walgreens & CVS) and purchasing personal care items like shampoo, body wash, soap, deodorant, razors, feminine products, toothbrushes and toothpaste at a substantial discount. These items are also in high demand in food pantries and would be a great lesson in helping people with items that contribute to their personal dignity.
Cook for Others
If money is a little tight or your children are smaller, they may enjoy something more personal such as making (or helping to make) cookies, muffins or even an full meal and personally delivering it to a neighbor, a newly pregnant friend, a sick family or someone who is grieving or otherwise in need.
How does your family help feed the hungry?
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