Thursday, November 19, 2009

Stock the Food Pantry

Cara, Erica and Ashlin attend Sacred Heart Elementary School which is a Catholic school. The school does many service projects throughout the year. Every year around Thanksgiving the school and church have a food drive for the local food pantry. Brown paper grocery sacks are handed out at each of the masses this Sunday and everyone brings their sack back next Sunday filled with food and paper products. This year one of the organizations in the high school is sponsoring the food drive and having a class food war to encourage more food. The class with the most items per student wins a pizza party. What kid would not take the pizza party over school lunch. Each day this week the girls have been taking two to three things in their backpacks to school, but today the girls each took a sack of non-perishable items.

In addition, Keith's office is also having a food drive so he needed non-perishable items also. Justin, Ashlin and I made a grocery run yesterday afternoon because the pantry at our house was running low with everyone raiding to win the contest.

This morning as we were getting the food ready for school Ashlin asked if she gets to bring the food back home on Friday after they count it all. Erica told her that the food is given to the poor. Then Erica turns and asks me, "Who are the poor?" My question is "How do you explain what poor is to your children that are 9, 6, and 4?" They have no concept what it is like to not have food in the cupboard, not have a home or bed to sleep in, or to have a parent without a job. At this time of year it is a great reminder to be thankful for all that you have!

Take care,



  1. Good work!

    I struggle with this, too. My 9 year old seems to have a pretty good grasp on it...thanks to some wonderful charity opportunities we've found over the years.

  2. We are doing the same thing here! We went to Sam's and stocked up on pounds of pasta and vegetables for the food drive at church. My post tomorrow is entitled "Food Bank Friday!"

    This is always a good time to stop and count our many blessings too!

    See you soon!

  3. Even as this young age they may not fully understand but it is great that they are excited about it. Thanks for the reminder that our Preschool is also having a drive that ends tomorrow, time to fill Lysse backpack!