Raising children is a complicated thing to do. There are so many things that I want to teach them and it seems like there is never enough time to do it. I want my children to grow up to be smart, happy, compassionate, and caring individuals who are concerned about the health of this planet. I hope that as they grow up they keep in mind the needs of others and the impact that their choices have on the word around them. One way that I try and teach them these important life lessons is to include them in the service projects that I get involved in. The Unilever Cross Off Hunger program is one way that I can get my kids involved in helping the less fortunate in our community.
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So, what exactly is the Unilever Cross Off Hunger program? The Unilever family of brands plans to donate two million meals to families in need through Feeding America. This is just one part of Unilever’s sustainable living goal to help one billion people improve their health and well-being. The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan incorporates 3 different concepts:
1. Improving Health and Well Being (Health, hygiene and improved nutrition)
2. Reducing Environmental Impact (Greenhouse gases, water and waste)
3. Enhancing Livelihoods (sustainable sources and better livelihoods)
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Unilever Helps Cross Off Hunger!
As part of the #BetterTogether campaign, I headed over to Publix and picked up a ton of great Unilever products to donate to the school food drive this week. This food drive will support the Lilburn food co-op which directly helps the families in my community. I learner a lot of really interesting information on the Making Life Better website. Do you know what the top 10 food bank needs are? Food banks around the country need: Nonperishable grains, spreads (peanutbutter, jelly, and honey), instant meals and soups, canned fruits and vegetables, canned protein, personal care items, baby needs, sauces and gravies, and beverages. I tried to make sure I grabbed plenty of those items when shopping for my donation this weekend! I also grabbed a couple of special request items for the food bank…apparently they are in dire need of boxed macaroni and cheese!
Once we had our donation put together I drove my daughter to school and we added our selection to the dropoff area. The school makes this a competition of sorts among the students…the class that brings in the most donations wins a prize! Usually it is a popcorn party which they all get very excited about! My daughter is crossing her fingers that our donation help her class win the prize but she also knows that her donation means even MORE to the people at the food bank who will be receiving the food we purchased. I just hope she remember this important life lesson so that when she grows up she can continue to help those less fortunate than her.
What can you do? Visit MakingLifeBetter.com and learn about the needs of foodbanks in your area. They need a lot more than just food! Use the interactive app on the Unilever Making Life Better Facebook page to earn a “Hunger Badge” for each section you complete. You can also learn how to incorporate your favorite Unilever products into your own sustainable living routine. What sort of products are in the Unilever family? Some of my favorites are the Skippy Natural Peanut Butter, Knorr stock, Bertolli olive oil and Helman’s mayonnaise. I am sure some of YOUR favorites are also in the Unilever family of brands!
Whether you choose to make a food donation, volunteer at a food bank, or find a creative way to use Unilever products in your own sustainability plan make sure that you include your own children in this mission! Kids need to learn early on that every single small action they take can lead to BIG changes!
Unilever is committed to donating more than two million meals to families in need with Feeding America and every item on your shopping list counts. Show your support by adding Unilever brands to your cart next time you shop. Together we can help to Cross Off Hunger.
Disclaimer: I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Unilever #CBias #SocialFabric All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.