You may remember that a couple of weeks ago Bubbles and I went shopping at Walmart in search of Jennie-O turkey products to kick off our Jennie-O Make The Switch challenge. I shared with you at the time that we were working on a surprise Champions for Kids SIMPLE Service Project. We were going to give up something unhealthy and/or unnecessary and put those savings towards making a donation that would provide meals for hungry children.
The project I had originally planned we were unable to complete due to some red tape. Not to be deterred, I quickly moved us on to Plan B.
Plan B consisted of two parts: helping to educate our family and friends on the needs of our community, and then making a donation to meet some of those needs. So we went to Walmart again and picked up a few more Jennie-O products plus some healthy extras to use for dinner, and also to add to our donation.
For phase one we threw a lasagna dinner at our house, and we used Jennie-O ground turkey in place of the usual ground beef. We also served salad on the side with lite dressing, heart-healthy sliced almonds, low-fat shredded cheese, carrots and other accouterments. I made up some recipe card packets, and also added a few cards that talked about the organization that I choose for our donations, which was LifeBridge. LifeBridge serves families in the Louisville area by providing clothes, food, household items, toiletries, etc.
Everyone was surprised to find out just how many children are at risk for hunger in our country on a daily basis. Once they heard just how great the need is everyone wanted to know how they could help. When I told them that we were collecting donations to take to the next LifeBridge Basic Needs Drive some people gave monetary donations and others asked if they could drop off food donations to go over with ours.
Giving back is such a great feeling and I love that our family has also made some healthy swaps of our own. Over three weeks we saved about $50 by making our own breakfasts versus buying pre-made ones, plus giving up a few sweets. We used that money to fund our donation and hopefully we’ll be able to make it a monthly or quarterly thing.
I encourage you to try and Make The Switch yourselves! Every little bit counts. Find additional ideas from Jennie-O here, and also visit the Champions for Kids website and their Facebook page. You can also follow hashtag #JennieOCFK and the Champions for Kids twitter stream for project updates. And if you want to see the shopping trip that started it all be sure to take a peek at my Google+ story.
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