Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Giveaway: Help Feed the Hungry in the US

I was contacted recently by ShopRite Partners In Caring about their Bloggers In Caring: Blog It Forward To Fight Hunger program. From their site:

Facts About Hunger in America

• More than 36 million Americans (11 percent of U.S. households) suffer from food insecurity. Food insecurity is when you are unsure when or what your next meal will be.

• Statewide food insecurity rates in the ShopRite area are:
New Jersey – 7.7%
Delaware – 7.8%
Maryland – 9.5%
Connecticut – 8.6%
Pennsylvania – 10%
New York – 9.8%

• More than 12 million children are growing up hungry

• Nearly 2 million seniors suffer from food insecurity

• During 2007, nearly 18 million children received free or reduced lunch

• A $1 donation can purchase 10 pounds of food from a food bank

After reading the above statistics on their website, my mind reels to think about what the current data must be now with the economy and degree of unemployment.

I encourage you to join the fight to end hunger, charity after all, begins at home.

Ways you can help:

Support ShopRite Partners In Caring by shopping at your local ShopRite, and look for the special ShopRite Partners In Caring shelf tag. The manufacturers of these products will make a donation to ShopRite Partners In Caring, contributing to the program and its success.

Contribute to the annual Check Out Hunger program at participating ShopRite stores by asking your cashier for a $1, $3 or $5 donation tag at check-out; your contribution will be added to your grocery bill.

Support local charities by contributing to their fundraisers, or help organize a fundraiser in your neighborhood or at work (where permitted). In addition to the money you can raise, talking to people you know about hunger helps raise awareness of the issue and involve them in the effort to address it.

Volunteer at a food bank or food pantry, soup kitchen or other charity in your community, helping them to help others in your community. Invite your friends and family, co-workers, members of your religious congregation, or clubs to which you belong, to join you.

Talk to your children about the effects of hunger on other children in your community and encourage them to get involved. Volunteering together is a great way to teach them about the importance of helping others and make them more likely to remain involved in service as adults.

For more on the program and more ways to help, visit http://www.shopritepartnersincaring.org/

How We Can Help Together:

General Mills & ShopRite will donate one box of cereal to a local food bank for the first 30 people who comment on my post. They will donate up to 3,000 boxes from all the participating blogs.

UPDATE: WE DID IT! GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Winner will be emailed.


To help spur 30 comments, goodwill, and celebrate the last days of summer, I am giving away:


One brand new, black, one-piece bathing suit (size small), a beach towel, some sunscreen, and of course, a book of your choice (under $15), to one random person who comments on this post in the next week (* but only if we get at least 30 comments).

Your comments are appreciated!

41 comments:

  1. There's no need to enter me in the giveaway - I'm commenting because this is such an easy way to feed the hungry. I hope you get 30 comments!

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  2. We definitely need to fight hunger and poverty! I volunteer at a food pantry and it breaks my heart because we always end up running out of food and/or toiletries that people really need. :( It's so great that ShopRite is doing this.
    I'm going to ensure you get 30 comments by posting about this on my blog and contacting other YA bloggers.

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  3. True, I recently was looking into a charity and was happy that they not only focus on international children but children within the United States as well...because we often fail to realize that our own are in poverty.

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  4. No ShopRite's here in Texas. Plenty of hungry kids though, I am sure. It's a shameful situation, and I admire anyone trying to fix it.

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  5. Hello People, I was on a holiday for a month just passing by read this interesting post its great to see that every thing here is getting more lively...thanks a lot for these keep them coming....

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  6. I'm not entering the giveaway either - just wanted to put my box of cereal into the cart! :)

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  7. This is a great way to help out! Hope you would get enough comments! Missattitude sent me! :)

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  8. This is easy as pie to do, why have more people not commented - might have to direct people here from my blog. Oh and I came here by way of Reading in Colour.

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  9. Couldn't even fit into a small bathing suit, so skip the giveaway for me, too--great idea, and thanks for doing this.

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  10. What a simple and easy way to help fight hunger. I'll be sure to pass on the link to some of my friends!

    I was sent here by Living in Color.

    melacan at hotmail dot com

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  11. Adding to your count and linking at Color Online.

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  12. Adding to the count. I hope you get all the comments you need!

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  13. Wow. Those statistics are haunting. I will post about this on my blog and hope you get 30 comments!

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  14. A small would never fit me, but a free book would be fabulous.

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  15. Definitely contributing with this comment to the hungry, great blog post! And yeah, a small probably won't fit me either, but the book sounds nice, I hope you get 30 entries! Will try to spread the word about this post on twitter, hope it helps!

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  16. Thanks for all the great comments!

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  17. Also arriving from Reading in Color. Thanks for doing this.

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  18. Literanista, You have a great blog and I enjoy reading your posts. Keep up the good work. Sincerely,

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  19. Came here from Reading in Color. No child should go hungry, especially in a country as wealthy as ours. Keep up the good work!

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  20. This is a great cause! How can I get involved? Do you have to be contacted by GM? I really hope you get 30 comments!

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  21. I love what you are doing here. It's amazing how many people don't realize what a problem (local as well as worldwide) hunger is.

    Valorie
    morbidromantic@gmail.com

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  22. This is a great cause! I don't need to win anything, but I want to see 30 comments!

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  23. Reading in Color sent me! This is such a great cause. I hope my comment helps!

    paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

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  24. 6 more to 30! Hey Reading in Color sent me!

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  25. Wow, what a great cause. No need to enter me in the contest - hope you get to 30 - almost there!!

    Thanks for the information.

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  26. What a fabulous idea. No need to add me to the giveaway I just want to help feed the hungry.

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  27. I think it's so admirable that you are doing this to help feed the hungry! Good luck!

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  28. Anonymous6:40 PM

    i love genral mills!

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  29. Great cause. Good luck. I came here by way of Reading in Color.

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  30. What a worthy cause, thanks to reading in color for sending me. Any way to help feed the hungry, I am in favor of it!

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  31. I'm with Taste Life Twice. Is there any way my blog (or another) could do something similar? Yay you got 30 comments!

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  32. Wow that's such a nice thing to do! I volunteer at the Red Cross in the food pantry and it feels good to be helping the community : )

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  33. This is such an amazing idea!
    prodhi@live.com

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  34. I wish I could have made the top 30. I'm glad the campaign is a success. It's wonderful how people can come online for a cause and do something as simple as commenting on a post to help those in need.

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  35. I feel that we never really notice what is going on right around us. I bet some people in my HIGH SCHOOL dont even think that there is anybody starving or hungry in America becuase of the whole "Land of Oppurtunity" and all that. Its eye opening seeing that right under our noses kids my age are starving. Great way to get involved!!!

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  36. I'm joining in the fight to end hunger! I've posted a link on my blog!

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  37. What a fantastic cause!

    I personally enjoy donating canned food to hunger drives. :-)

    Another good way to help the hungry is http://freerice.com

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