Help End Child Hunger

(Disclosure: I participated in this program on behalf of ConAgra Foods and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.)

As I sit down to write this post I think about how hungry I am. My stomach rumbles and I realize I forgot to eat lunch and it’s now way past dinner time and I haven’t had that meal either. I’ve been busy all day with work and then was at Jacob’s baseball game tonight. I can take a break and go eat something if I want because my fridge, freezer and pantry are packed. I’m lucky because I have food.

Not all are that lucky. Did you know that more than one in five children in the U.S. may not know where their next meal is coming from? That’s nearly 16 million children, a number that could fill 8,000 playgrounds.

Children who experience even intermittent struggles with hunger may suffer serious, long-term consequences to their health, well-being and educational achievement. What’s more, being hungry robs kids of the promise of childhood – the ability to play, grow and learn.

This is unacceptable. ConAgra Foods believe the same thing and they are partnering with P&G to build a community of people to make a difference and help donate up to 7 million meals through the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign.

How can you get involved? Here are 2 great ways!

* Enter Codes to Trigger Donations. It’s easy to make a difference: Look for the red pushpin on participating product packaging for a code found on these specially marked ConAgra Foods and P&G products. For each 8-digit code entered at www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com from March-August 2014, ConAgra Foods or P&G, respectively, will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America.

Looking for participating products? Find great deals on some at Meijer this week!

Deals at MeijerSale Dates
Banquet Homestyle Bakes: Buy 1 for $2.994/66/1
*Orville Redenbacher’s (6pk or larger): Buy 1, Save $1.004/135/31
Blue Bonnet Sticks: On Sale for $0.694/205/17
Egg Beaters (32oz): Buy 1 for $3.994/215/17
*Hunt’s Ketchup (24oz): Buy 2, Save $1.005/15/31
*Reddi Wip (13 oz): Buy 2, Save $1.005/45/17
Parkay (41 oz tub): Buy 2 for $5.005/45/24
*Healthy Choice Modern or Traditional Classics, Café Steamers, Baked Entrees or Greek Yogurt: Buy 6, Save $1.505/45/31
Healthy Choice (Single Serve Meals): Buy 5 for $10.005/115/17
Marie Callender’s (Single Serve Meals): Buy 11 for $5.005/115/17
Chef Boyardee (15oz): Buy 10 for $10.00, Get 11th FREE5/115/17
Snack Pack (4-pk): Buy 10 for $10.00, Get 11th FREE5/115/17
Wolf Brand Chili with Beans (15oz): Buy 10 for $10.005/115/17
*Lofthouse Cookies: Buy 1, Save $0.755/115/31

 

* Join the Community and Get Involved. One of the easiest ways to learn how to get involved is to join the Child Hunger Ends Here Facebook community at Facebook.com/ChildHungerEndsHere or follow the news on Twitter and Instagram at @ChildHungerEnds.

Here are 10 other ways you can get involved. How will you help end child hunger?

 

Holiday Baking Party

Making Christmas cookies is one of  my favorite things to do during the Holidays. To prepare for hours of baking I ran to Walmart to pick up all of the ingredients I needed. You can view the story of my trip below.

I bought ingredients to make: peanut butter hot cocoa,  sugar cookies, chocolate peanut butter fudge, haystacks, cake mix cookies, and oreo truffles. I also bought some things to keep the little children busy while we were baking.

To start the day off right I made peanut butter hot cocoa using a recipe I got off of the ConAgra Foods website.

Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa

Ingredients:

1 envelope of Swiss Miss cocoa mix

1 tablespoon of Peter Pan peanut butter

Hot water

Can of Reddi Wip

Directions:

1. Put cocoa mix and peanut butter in a mug.

2. Gradually stir hot water into the mix.

(My note: GRADUALLY. Do it to fast and the peanut butter will be chunky at the bottom)

3. Top with Reddi Wip

The peanut butter hot cocoa tasted so yummy. Be sure to add the hot water in GRADUALLY while you stir it. If you add the water in too quickly you will end up with chunks of peanut butter at the bottom- not that I would know anything about that!! :)

First, we made oreo truffles. These are my favorite and so easy!

Oreo Truffles

Oreo truffles ready to go in the fridge

I used this recipe from Allrecipes.com. Walmart was out of Baker’s chocolate so I used almond bark instead and it worked great. My favorite part of this recipe was letting the children smash the cookies (though next time I would double the ziploc bags they were in).

Children smashing the oreo cookies

After the oreo truffles we made haystack cookies, another simple recipe. There are many ways to make these but we used only two ingredients: chow mein noodles and butterscotch chips to make a sweet, crunchy treat.

Haystack Cookies

Ingredients:

Bag of butterscotch chips

2 cups of chow mein noodles

Directions:

1. Pour the butterscotch chips into a bowl and melt them (microwave 15-30 seconds at a time, stirring in between each one)

2. Add in chow mein noodles and stir until noodles are coated well

3. Form into piles or “haystacks”

4. Let cool in the fridge and enjoy :)

Next up was sugar cookies. I didn’t like the recipe we used so I’m looking for another one (have one to share?) The children did enjoy decorating and eating the cookies though.

 

Sugar and Parkay before adding the rest of the ingredients

Preparing the cookies to bake

I took a video of the boys decorating the cookies and eating them. You can find that video on YouTube here.

 

Looks like Jacob enjoyed the cookies! :)

The last thing we made together was cake mix cookies. These tasted delicious but didn’t make as many cookies as I thought the mix would so I would double it next time I made it. Here is the recipe how we made it:

Cake Mix Cookies:

Ingredients:

1 box of cake mix

2 eggs

1/3 cup of Wesson vegetable oil

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Add cake mix, eggs, and oil together

3. Drop into balls on a greased cookie sheet (I use PAM)

4. Bake for 7-8 minutes

While we were making the cookies the children painted ornaments to give as gifts. They had fun but boy did they make a mess!

After 5 hours of baking, decorating and painting everyone left and I tried my hand at peanut butter chocolate fudge.It turned out ok but I wouldn’t make it again.


I also made myself a smoothie with my new Hamilton Beach blender. I love this blender! It has a stainless steel base and a glass jar. It also has “wave action” to ensure drinks with no ice chunks. I also love that it has a little pouring spout at the top to keep messes at a minimum! Here is a video of me making my smoothie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7c6d6utSr7A) so you guys can see the blender in action :)

(Disclosure: I was compensated by Collective Bias but all thoughts and opinions are my own.)