Do you KNOW the full scope of hunger in your own community? Did you KNOW that one out of four American families is worried about having enough money to put food on their table? Many of us are completely unaware of the struggle with hunger in our own communities. To help in the fight against childhood hunger Tyson has partnered with Champions for Kids for a program called Summer of Giving. Every year Tyson expands their community involvement in the issue of hunger. I for one am so happy to purchase their products in support of their effort to end hunger. Every bag of Tyson product I buy helps feed one child in need by Tyson and Walmart has promised to feed five million children this summer! Someday there will be NO hunger in our communities.
My family has had our own struggle with hunger, this was many years ago but the feelings are still fresh in my mind. Years ago my husband had two strokes, one right after the other or possibly simultaneously we don't know. He was working two jobs at the time and I was staying at home with our daughter. I remember he lost both jobs. We were overcome with medical bills of which we are still making payments on to this day. Money got really tight, I tried getting a job (I had no good work history) and was able to get something part time but it just wasn't enough. There were days when we lived on noodles and canned milk, whatever was left in the pantry. I made sure my daughter had what she needed by picking up pop cans on the side of the road and applying for some temporary assistance. It was tough but we didn't give up and it taught me many lessons about life and what hunger felt like. This is one reason why I get so passionate about the topic of hunger.
I went to Walmart for some grocery shopping and first thing I did was go for the freezer isle that has all the chicken products in it. I snapped up four bags for my family and one bag to share as a gifted meal with a neighbor I know that is in need. We picked out one bag of Tyson chicken nuggets, two bags of Tyson Any'tizers Stuffed Chicken Minis, and one bag of Any'tizers boneless chicken wyngz. Other participating products are Tyson Day Starts or Tyson Grilled & Ready. By buying those four bags I've already helped feed four children in need through the Summer of Giving program! #SummerofGiving
|A couple bags I bought of the Tyson Any'tizers YUM!|
To kick off our own summer of giving I got my family involved in a little simple service project. We cooked up a beautiful meal using some Tyson Any'tizers Cordon Bleu Stuffed Chicken MINIS and brought it on down to a neighbor in need. We live by an elderly veteran who is missing a leg. He is always sitting outside, waving and smiling at everybody that goes by. I've bought one of his hand woven chairs and have chatted with him many times. He's such a nice man and we thought he deserved a home cooked meal. This wouldn't be the first I've brought him and it certainly won't be the last.
I baked up a whole bag of the cordon bleu Any'tizers and paired those with some homemade red skin potato salad, sweet corn on the cob, and an ice cold glass of watermelon lemonade. Such an easy meal and so incredibly delicious and satisfying! While I carried our meal over to the neighbor, the rest of the family ate their meal outside at the picnic table.
To bring someone a meal it's always best to use a container that is reusable but also toss-able. Walmart had a little tower of such containers for under four bucks. I had some ribbon in my craft box that I cut to tie around for a nice touch. I put everything inside piping hot and carried it over at supper time. I made sure to tell him earlier I'd be bringing it by so he wouldn't go through any effort to cook something. The smile on his face was worth doing this a million times over. Helping someone else feels so good. #CollectiveBias