This past week my son came home from school like any other day of the week. But this particular day was different because he had a very special homework assignment for the next day. Since state testing was due to begin his teacher had instructed each student to come to class with a full stomach from a hearty breakfast.
This was a pretty easy homework assignment for my son because he eats a good breakfast each and everyday. But this got me thinking about the other kids who weren’t so fortunate.
Did you know that 9.8 million kids get free or reduced price school breakfast on an average day, but 10.6 million eligible kids go without? Hunger has a huge effect on how a child performs at school. In fact, 9 out of 10 teachers say having a healthy breakfast is a key to academic achievement.
SIMPLE Giving is a Champions for Kids program that makes it simple for all of us to help kids in our own community. There is no excuse for any child to go hungry in this country and to help ensure children can eat breakfast and stay focused in school, Champions for Kids is teaming up with Kellogg Company and Diamond Foods for a SIMPLE Giving program.
It’s easy to participate. All you have to do is simply purchase and donate breakfast food items at your local participating Walmart from April 21 through May 5. If your Walmart store is participating, simply purchase breakfast foods and place them in the purple donation bins at the front of the store after checkout.
To see a list of participating stores, click here. All of the donations go to children in the school district where the Walmart store is located!
As many of us already know, the first meal is the most important one of the day; however, 10% of U.S. kids in food-insecure homes aren’t guaranteed a breakfast! Breakfast plays such an important role in a student’s academic success. Can you imagine trying to concentrate when your stomach is rumbling because it’s empty.
You can help us spread the word about Champions For Kids and the SIMPLEGiving program by joining us on Twitter April 24th. During the party we’ll be sharing more ways to give in our communities, including Champions For Kids’ Simple Services Projects. Simple Service Projects are easy ways for people to help the kids in their own community through four easy steps — Gather, Learn, Give and Share! Learn more by joining us for the #SIMPLEGivingparty!
When: Thursday, April 24, at 1p ET / 12p CT / 10a PT
Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #SIMPLEGiving hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this http://www.twtvite.com/simplegiving
Prizes: Five prizes will be given to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Walmart gift card.
Hosts: @theMotherhood, @theMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann
Your fellow co-hosts:
Tiffany, StuffParentsNeed – @Tiffanyblogs
Jamie, Blonde Mom Blog – @blondemomblog
Dawn, The Frugal Mom – @thefrugalmom
Donna, Blog by Donna – @DonnaChaffins
Janette, The Johanson Journey – @JohansonJourney
Kassandria, Southern Bella’s Ways – @SBellasWays
Keely, Lollygag Blog – @LollygagBlog
Kristina, Hott Mama in the City – @HotMamaNtheCity
Laurie, Homemaker’s Challenge – @HMchallengeSITE
Mariah, Formula: Mom – @formulamom
Melissa, Mom Luck – @funsavingmoney
Rebecca, Bare Foot in the Dashboard – @beccaeby
Sandra, The Sensible Mom – @thesensiblemom
Summer, A Mom Less Ordinary – @summerflood
Tyesha, Diary of a Chic Mommy – @achicmommy
Brandy, Not So Average Mama – @stitchblade
Christi, Frugal Novice – @FrugalNovice
Mary, Giving Up on Perfect – @MaryCarver
Cher, Mom and More – @mamasmoney
Lori, A Day in Motherhood – @lomargie
Melissa, Sippy Cup Mom – @SippyCupMom
Emily, Baby Dickey – @babydickey
Crystal, Kid Things – @kidsthingsnet
Kelly, Texas Type A Mom – @txtypeamom
Jessica, Jessie Weaver – @vanderbiltwife
Candy, Mommypalooza – @mommypalooza
Clair, Mummy Deals – @mummydeals
Dianna, The Kennedy Adventures – @DiannaKennedy
Jennifer, Sweep Tight – @SweepTight
Lea Ann, Mommy’s Wish List – @mommyswishlist
I sure hope you will join us!