According to Feeding America®, “in the United States 1 in 6 people struggles with hunger; including 1 in 5 children.” Feeding America®, whose mission “is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger,” is the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in America.
Now, grant you, it’s getting harder and harder to come up with a new “spin” on hunger and promoting our annual national member food drive. It seems that the statistics for those suffering from the lack of or limited food supply is not changing much, making our efforts that much more important.
Well, this year, we do have a new twist to throw out to you (source: Feeding America®, Outnumber Hunger® & Child Hunger Ends Here® websites). An easy way to help feed the hungry by buying certain specially marked General Mills® and ConAgra Foods® food products! Ok, there is a bit more to it, but not much.
Outnumber Hunger® Campaign Providing an Easy Way to Help
“Outnumber Hunger® (source: Outnumber Hunger® website) is a nationwide campaign designed to make it easy for people to join in the fight against hunger in their own communities and support local food banks. Since 2011, Outnumber Hunger® has helped Feeding America® secure more than 35 million meals.” Outnumber Hunger® is a partnership between General Mills®, Feeding America® and Big Machine Label Group.
To participate, just purchase specially-marked General Mills® products and enter codes from these products at www.OutnumberHunger.com. Each code you enter will help Feeding America® secure 5 MEALS for your local food bank*. It’s that easy! The promotion ends January 31, 2016.
*For every code you enter by January 31, 2016, General Mills® will donate 50¢ to Feeding America® – enough to secure 5 meals on behalf of local food banks. Maximum total donation of $1,200,000. General Mills® has already donated $500,000. They will donate up to an additional $700,000 based on online code entry and other consumer actions. Look for other ways to trigger donations at www.OutnumberHunger.com.
Child Hunger Ends Here® Campaign-Another Option to Help the Hungry
Do you buy ConAgra Foods® products? Well then, Child Hunger Ends Here® is your campaign! According to the Child Hunger Ends Here® website, “ConAgra Foods® has been committed to ending child hunger in America for nearly 20 years. This year, it’s their goal to put 3 million meals on the table for kids who are food insecure, one code and one meal at a time. Be a part of the movement! Simply look for the red pushpin on specially marked packages, and enter the code—it’s that easy.” Just purchase specially-marked ConAgra Foods® products and enter codes from these products at www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com. According to Feeding America®, “for each 8-digit code entered at www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com through January 7, 2016, ConAgra Foods® will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America®“; 1 code = 1 meal*.
* For every 8-digit code from participating products entered by 1/7/16, ConAgra Foods® will donate 10¢, the cost for Feeding America® to provide one meal through its network of local foodbanks. Maximum: 3 million meals. Guaranteed minimum donation: 1.5 million meals ($150,000). Limit 5 code entries per person/computer each day. Valid in the United States only.
Or…Donate to our Virtual Food Drive – Log on and Help Us Reach Our Goal to Raise $5,000.
In conjunction with our National Member Food Drive, we have developed a Virtual Food Drive site where you can sit at your computer, log on and make a donation to Feeding America® and its mission “to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.”
Why give to our Virtual Food Drive? According to Feeding America, “a Virtual Food Drive and the money donated will help provide more meals and it will help reach those in need across America. Each dollar donated to Feeding America® helps provide 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of its member food banks.”
If you make a donation through our Virtual Food Drive, remember to print your online receipt and submit it with a Request for Matching Gifts and we will match your charitable contribution up to $250 per year per member.