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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.

Donations for the Jennie-O Make The Switch challenge

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.

Donations for the Jennie-O Make The Switch challenge

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.

Turkey Lasagna Dinner

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.

Recipe Card Packets

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.

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™. #JennieOCFK #CBias #SocialFabric  All opinions, as always, are 100% that of myself and my family.

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  6 Responses to “We’re Making The Switch Can Benefit Others”

  1. Yum! Looks like you had a great dinner. I bet your friends and family had a great time and enjoyed the Jennie-O turkey.

    Thanks for sharing. LifeBridge sounds like an amazing charity. This month’s project was an amazing one.

  2. How absolutely wonderful that you included others in your giving effort! Such a SIMPLE thing, to share your project but such a tremendous, caring result!

  3. […] to Views from the Ville. I pulled up her website and was immediately attracted to post about making changes to your current eating in order to free up money to donate food to the hungry. I thought this was a great […]

  4. This is a wonderful idea. Good for you. You could also try a “Stone Soup” to get people together and further promote your efforts.

  5. […] Jul 092012   A few months ago I introduced you to Champions for Kids when I participated in my first Simple Service Project.  We really enjoyed making a difference, even if it was a small one.  So I was really excited […]

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