One successful rally later…

standard May 12, 2010 3 responses

Saturday dawned beautiful.Or at least it was bright and sunny when I rolled out of bed at 9. I still wasn’t deluding myself; there was no way it would be warm enough for us to hold the big ConAgra Foods Child Hunger Ends Here Backyard Movie Night Rally actually in the backyard. By sundown it would be so cold outside we’d all need jackets and blankets to keep warm.

Sadly our back-up plan involved our living room which hadn’t seen a thorough cleaning in way longer than I’m willing to admit here.

As we swept, steamed, polished, dusted, and cleaned everything in sight I wondered if anyone would show at all. It would have been fine if they hadn’t, we would have had a clean house and some food donated before the event, but, you know, a girl worries about these things.

The time drew near and I spotted Grace‘s tweet that she was coming as soon as she was done going through her pantry. No sooner had I read that than the first guest was knocking on the door.

Gorgeous sign hanging over the door.

Four families came and sat with us in our transformed living room to watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. We ordered pizza, made buckets of popcorn, and thoroughly enjoyed watching the movie on a big screen. Well, most everyone enjoyed the movie. I might have hung out in the kitchen with some of the moms, drinking wine, and chatting about everything and anything.

And now I have to make a confession. In a complete and utter Blogger Fail moment, I completely and utterly forgot to take pictures during the event. I know! So you’ll just have to imagine little children, faces covered in pizza sauce and popcorn crumbs, absorbed by the movie and parents drinking wine and having a raucous good time. 

It was awesome. Everyone had fun, we collected a TON of food, 116lbs to be specific, and it felt great to be surrounded with wonderful people who really cared about a cause that is close to my heart.

Just a fraction of the donations!

Then this morning the girls and I headed to the Santa Clara Second Harvest Food Bank to bring everything that had been donated before and during the event.

 116lbs of donated food. That’s a LOT!
All in all this was an amazing experience that I hope to recreate in the not so distant future. We’ve already asked people to bring donations to C’s birthday party on Sunday. It makes me proud to be doing my part and to be teaching my children that it’s easy to do theirs too.
Plus, I still haven’t taken down the sign from above the door. Maybe I’ll just keep collecting food until I do. If the Halloween pumpkins are anything to go on, that could be some 9 months from now. Just think of how much we could collect in that time!

We’re Having a Backyard Movie Night to End Child Hunger! (And picking a winner)

standard May 7, 2010 1 response

Just because I haven’t mentioned the ConAgra Foods Child Hunger Ends Here campaign in a bit doesn’t mean I’ve stopped thinking about the children going hungry in our neighborhoods.

I hope you haven’t either.

I’ve been telling everyone I meet. So much so that my darling husband has taken to rolling his eyes when I launch in with my “Did you know that 1 in 4 children in the US doesn’t have three meals a day?” shpiel. Doesn’t stop me though!

This weekend we’re finally doing more than just talking though! We’re holding a backyard movie night and asking everyone who attends to bring a food or financial donation. All the proceeds are going to go to Feeding America and will stay right here in our area to help our very own children.

If you’re in the Bay Area we’d love to have you! It’s at 6pm on Saturday evening. Just let me know in the comments and I’ll send you the information.

If you’re not in the Bay Area or you are and just can’t come, visit my friends at Feeding America to see how you can get involved. It really is an amazing organization and children all around the country need your help today.

And now for a WINNER!

The winner for the great End Child Hunger giveaway is:

Angela! Congratulations! I’ll be in touch soon to get your mailing address to send you your goodies.

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me about donations and ways to help. Thank you to everyone who has already donated! I love being surrounded by such kindhearted wonderful people.

Enter the Child Hunger Ends Here giveaway… please?

standard April 20, 2010 2 responses

A few weeks ago I posted a long rambling post about the End Child Hunger rally that I’m hosting, my impending trip to LA, and a ConAgra Foods giveaway.

LA was awesome.

I’m working on changing up my rally plans because I can’t find a cooperative park to work with.

But!

But! The giveaway is still on! And you, my friend, have not entered yet.

So here’s your reminder.

I’m giving away this:

As well as some other fun assorted goodies like reusable grocery bags, coupons, and a few surprises.

All you have to do is go to THIS POST and before April 26 leave a comment, any comment, to enter to win. Come tell me how you’re fighting child hunger. Come tell me what you know about it, what makes you pause. Come talk about your own kids, or your neighbor’s kids. I want to hear it all.

Fighting Child Hunger at the LA Foodbank

standard April 7, 2010 1 response

I arrived in LA around noon, and after a little snafu where Melinda from Look What Mom Found and I forgot Jessica Smith at the Burbank airport, I checked into my hotel room.

I resisted the urge to dive into the massive expanse of King sized white soft cushy bed that I don’t have to share with anyone and headed down to lunch meet the other bloggers taking part in the ConAgra Foods Child Hunger Ends Here trip.

I’m in amazing company. Seriously.

Still gabbing non stop we headed to the LA Food bank where all of our chatter stopped in the face of the enormity of what the food bank does. These people work tirelessly to collect donations and wrangle amazing discounted food for the countless people in LA who are hungry every day.

Last year this food bank fed a million people.

We toured the whole warehouse – sort of like a massive Costco.

Then we headed upstairs to the packing room where we packed backpacks for the kids who are on the free lunch program at school. These backpacks go home with them on Friday night, packed with enough food to see them through the weekend, and then come back Monday to be refilled at the end of the week.

We packed 179 bags, enough to for one school, not nearly enough to feed all the kids who need it.

We joked and laughed as we packed up generic peanut butter, corn flakes, spaghetti, and a few other things, but it was hard to not imagine the child who would be digging in to these bags and wonder if he’d be thrilled to find a little bag of animal crackers or sad that there were so few treats.

It was an amazing experience and it felt good to do something hands on to help the hungry kids of LA.

Tomorrow we are heading the Desperate Housewives set for the official launch of the CHEH program. It’s not going to be the same kind of hands on help, but I’m hoping that it will be no less valuable. The more people are made aware of the hunger situation in the US, the more help these kids will get.

I’m glad to be a part of it all.