Taking a break from sweet potato and pumpkin everything to chat about one of my most passionate projects, food insecurity. I’ve mentioned before how rampant hunger levels are in the United States, which may be difficult to fathom when there is a Whole Foods and Starbucks on just about every corner. One of my first jobs out of college was at a WIC center where I had the pleasure of working with families on stretching their food dollars to make healthy food work. That was an incredibly eye-opening experience and seeded a desire to not only serve in my local community food bank but to do as much advocacy work as possible around the topic.
It’s staggering to think that 1 in 6 Americans are food insecure, lacking consistent access to adequate food. I will never forget the scene in Food, Inc. where the family has $1 per person to spend on food. An apple or a hamburger from McDonalds? While I’m definitely not a fan of Mickey D’s, I totally get it. If it was my kid and those were my dinner options, I’m going with the hamburger too.
So, what to do? I think we can all acknowledge that this is a huge problem in our communities and thankfully, there are easy ways to help. When Pacific asked me to partner with them over the summer as part of their #NourishEveryBody campaign, I was over the moon. Pacific Foods is a hero in my book. Not only do they create some of my favorite convenience foods (baked beans, polenta & vegetable broth), they are also giving back in a big way.
Fellow Instagram-food addicts, donating a meal couldn’t be easier. Make a dish with your favorite Pacific product, snap a photo and post it on social media with the tag #NourishEveryBody and @PacificFoods. For every tagged photo you share, we’ll feed a hungry child. Insta likes for you, a meal for a child in need. Winning on so many levels. I get chills when I see how many meals they’ve donated to date (26,800 and counting).
If you’re itching to do more, Pacific has created a Nourish Every Kid School Champions Program toolkit. You can then get started on providing food boxes to kids who really need them. I honestly can’t think of a better way to start the Holiday season.