I vaguely remember the first time I ever drank Juicy Juice. I was in kindergarten, and some people gave us Juicy Juice at school. I brought coupons home to my mom, excited that we could have Juicy Juice at home, too.
I don’t remember what happened or why we had it, but I remember being proud of those coupons. Funny what sticks with us, isn’t it?
Fast forward twenty-odd years to Grace as a little girl. Joe and I started buying Juicy Juice for her to drink because it has no added sugar. Now, both Grace and Allie drink a little juice most days; their favorite flavor is kiwi strawberry.
When a friend at the BabyCenter Blog Network asked if I’d help to get the word out about a joint project between Juicy Juice and the charity Feeding America, I was happy to share it with you.
Even better, Juicy Juice is making a donation to my local food bank and to the local food bank of one of you.
The Juicy Juice Fruit for All Project
Juicy Juice is joining forces with celebrity mom Samantha Harris to put fresh fruit into the hands of children and families in need.
Juicy Juice will donate one piece of fruit for every retail purchase made between June 1 and August 31, up to 35 million.
Plus, kids and parents can login to the Juicy Juice Facebook page to complete online challenges including games and puzzles to earn even more fruit donations.
Why does it matter?
I have seen hungry kids first hand. During my undergraduate and graduate work and subsequent teaching career, I saw many kids whose only substantial meal of the day occurred at school, thanks to the federal free lunch program.
What happens to those kids during the summer months? As many as 19 million of them were hungry last summer.
Somehow, we have gotten the idea that hunger isn’t a real problem in our country today. A recent study showed that more than 1/4 of moms in America don’t see it as a serious problem in 2012. The reality, though, is that more than 1 out of every 5 kids is at risk of going hungry.
The problem isn’t lack of adequate food. In fact, more than 6 billion pounds of fruits and vegetables were wasted in 2011.Â The problem is equity and distribution. Kids in impoverished families often don’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. When money is tight, families may cut fresh fruits and vegetables from their budgets.
Through the Fruit for All Project, Juicy Juice is bringing fresh fruit to those families.
Win a donation to your local food bank!
Nestle will provide one luckyÂ Feels Like HomeÂ reader with a donation of 400 meals to his or her local food bank!
To be entered for a chance to win, leave a comment on this post. Please be thoughtful.
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Good luck! This sweepstakes runs from 6/30/12 â€“ 7/5/12.
This post is sponsored by Nestle andÂ JuicyÂ JuiceÂ in conjunction with the BabyCenter Blog Network. In addition, Nestle will make a donation in my name and in the name of one of my readers.
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