As the winter starts to bear down upon us, it’s so much more obvious how many people truly need a helping hand. It’s not just clothing, holiday toy donations or a warm place to stay. Gardens have withered away, leaving many on fixed incomes to rely on food banks for produce and other food items. Unfortunately, many food banks are experiencing empty shelves and many people in our nation today are going hungry.
Many Families Are Going Without
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people post on my Facebook page that they managed to put enough together to feed their kids, but can’t afford to feed themselves – or worse – that the entire family had to do without. It’s heartbreaking. It makes me want to give life to some profound new idea that would solve the problem once and for all…but we all know that’s not going to happen. I’m only one person and I can’t solve such a massive problem alone, but I can take every opportunity I have available to make a difference and hopefully inspire others along the way to do the same.
Learning to #ShareTheTable
I had the pleasure of attending #FamilyForward this year in Orlando with my family, and one portion of this event was sponsored by Barilla. The session inspired us to #ShareTheTable with our family to reconnect, build lasting memories, enjoy healthy food and create a stronger family bond. I loved the whole concept, but even as I sat there creating a deliciously fresh and healthy meal with my family, it seemed like there was something missing…and there was. I just didn’t realize it until their package came and I sat down and started reading through everything. When I looked at the coupons they had sent me for free products to try, that’s when the missing piece of the puzzle appeared and darn near smacked me in the face.
Sharing the table, for me, isn’t JUST about creating or strengthening a bond with my immediate family. It’s about experiencing the level of fulfillment that’s possible when you use your time together to remind each other to be loving, compassionate, giving and kind — not just to each other, but to others as well.
Working with Jennie-O
Jennie-O is a name that most of us know as synonymous with Turkey. I’ve worked with them previously on delicious reviews that have incorporated their deli turkey into yum-worthy recipes and I imagine their oven-ready turkeys are just as good. I’ll be sharing a post about my experience with it in the coming days. However, I still have some coupons left over from the last time I worked with this brand and thought…these would really help someone out! Now, these coupons are good on any Jennie-O turkey product, which isn’t bad. Hey, $5 in deli turkey is a good amount of turkey, plus if you request that it be cut thick, it can be a great addition to other recipes like breakfast skillets (they make delicious turkey bacon!), casseroles, pastas and salads! (Hint: Barilla pasta is great with chunks of fresh mozzarella, fresh basil leaves, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon peel, salt, pepper and turkey chunks!)
That said, I’ve decided that these coupons would be best used to help out a couple of families that could really use them. In essence, I’m #SharingMyTable with another family and I hope that every single one of you that’s able will be inspired to do the same. Even if it’s just one meal, it might mean that a child doesn’t go to bed hungry or that a parent doesn’t go to bed dreaming about the food they gave up so their children could eat.
But…I need your help. I need recommendations. The families don’t have to know that you’ve recommended them, but I will need an address to send them to, so be sure to include that on the form below. Again, I can’t help everyone, but I hope I can make someone’s day with these, and I hope all of you will help me make that possible!
To nominate a family, please fill out the form below. It will be open through 11/10 for submissions.