Hunger issues are faced by many Americans and the word needs to be spread. Something needs to be done.
Did you know one in eight people battle hunger in America? That’s 41 million people. Almost 13 million children.
Recently I was invited to join Walmart, Nextdoor, Real Simple, St. Marys Food Bank and members of our community to discuss hunger issues as part of Walmart’s Fight Hunger Spark Change campaign. We gathered around a community table with a wonderful meal and discussed the issues.
This is Walmart’s 5th year of their Fight Hunger, Spark Change campaign. This year they partnered with Nextdoor, Real Simple, and Feeding America.
Are you a Nextdoor member? I’ve been an active member for a few years now. Nextdoor is an online social community connecting neighborhoods. I use it mostly to find contractors for repairs or other services. Because the best recommendations come from your neighbors who have used a contractor or local business. It’s also a great way to learn about what going on in the neighborhoods from what is the new business going in the shop you noticed being built or what’s going on with the police activity down the street. There’s an app for your phone that makes it super simple to use – give it a try.
As Walmart’s Fight Hunger, Spark Change campaign travels around the country, Nextdoor has reached out to its members to vote on the neighborhood to host the local event. In Phoenix, this was 19North. 19 North is the community that resides between Bethany and Dunlap, 15th Ave to 23rd Ave. Founded by Shannon McBride, it was founded to unite the community.
The event was held at the community center of 19North. A table was set beautifully with Walmart’s Pioneer Woman line. Not just any table, but a Neighbor’s Table which is business that is creating handmade gorgeous large tables to encourage neighbors to join together to share a meal. The table will remain at 19North with hopes of hosting many more community events.
It was more than a gorgeous table, place settings and local chef prepared meal. Leaders and community members together getting the conversation started. Information was shared about current programs. Ideas were brainstormed. Organizations and city departments discussed how they can work together. This is only the start…the spark…to get things started for this issue that exists in EVERY community.
What you can do to help fight hunger
As part of Walmart’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change campaign they have created a few ways you can get involved:
- Purchase Product: For every participating product purchased at U.S. and Puerto Rico
Walmart stores or on Walmart.com from April 2 – April 30, 2018, the supplier will
donate the equivalent of one meal ($0.10) on behalf of a Feeding America member food
bank, up to applicable limits. Participating suppliers represent some of the nation’s
leading food companies: General Mills, The Coca-Cola Company, Kellogg, Kraft
Heinz, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay/Quaker, Bush Brothers, Clorox Sales Company, Conagra,
Motts, Unilever, Maruchan, Pinnacle Foods, Post, and JM Smucker.
- Donate money to your local Feeding America food bank at participating Walmart
stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Donations can be made at the register to local
Feeding America food banks in increments of $1, $2, $5 or an amount chosen by the
- Make an online act of support: For every traceable post of campaign content with
#FightHunger on Instagram and for every traceable share or retweet on Facebook and
Twitter of campaign content, Walmart will donate $10.00 to Feeding America and for
every click on the support button on the program website, Walmart will donate $1.00 to
- Use the Walmart Credit Card: Synchrony Bank will donate the monetary equivalent of
one meal for each Walmart Credit Card transaction made at Walmart stores and on
Walmart.com during the campaign, up to $750,000.
Learn more by visiting https://wm8.walmart.com/Hunger
Get involved, engage in the conversation, participate, volunteer, donate
disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Walmart. All opinions are my own.