Feeding Ourselves to Help Feeding America

Detroit Mommies hosted our second neighborhood rally to help Child Hunger Ends Here.

Our first rally was a popcorn stand at the Recycle 411 event at the Village of Rochester Hills.  I know the Marketing director at the Village of Rochester Hills and asked if I could jump on in and sell popcorn the 411 event.  Then I called Carnival Bounce and asked if they would be willing to donate the use of a popcorn machine during the event.  All we had to do is purchase the popcorn and bags for the event and set up our stand.  ConAgra Foods and Feeding America provided the other supplies and we were all set.  It was easy.

Our second Neighborhood Rally was in downtown Rochester at Gus O’Connors.  We had about 40 people turn up for the event and it was a lot of fun!  Gus O’Connors is an Irish restaurant/pub that has great food and a warm atmosphere.  They agreed to donate 5% of our invite’s food and drinks to Feeding America.  We included a 50/50 raffle and our local smoothie shop, Beyond Juice, donated a year of smoothies to 5 lucky winners!  Every little bit counts and we decided since we were all planning on having dinner anyway, might as well enjoy it with friends and give to a great cause at the same time!

You too can host a Neighborhood Rally!

It’s so easy and you can be as creative or as simple as you’d like. I hosted the popcorn stand and the tweet-up.  You can host a bake sale, lemonade stand, yard sale, breakfast or whatever your creative self conjures up.  You can make your event as big or as small as you’d like.

Like I said…every dollar counts and the money stays local!  $1 provides SEVEN meals…SEVEN MEALS!  So, if everyone in Rochester, MI (population in 2008 was 11,002) gave one dollar to Feeding America, they would provide over 77,000 meals!  That would be pretty amazing!  Sign up (here).

Kids are counting on us!

1 in  4 children don’t know where their next meal is coming from.  How can these children concentrate in school if their belly’s are empty?  I know if I’m hungry, I get kinda grouchy.  Also, I have a hard time concentrating when I’m hungry, but I have the luxury to walk into my kitchen and grab something to eat.  It breaks my heart when I think about hungry children.

Thanks to all of you that attended the event!

Disclosure:  I was chosen to be the blogger correspondent for Detroit and will be compensated for my travel and expenses to LA and  other expenses that will  I am expected to incur.  I feel very strongly about making this campaign a success and all the opinions expressed in this post are mine and mine alone and are not influenced in any way by anyone.

Courtney Lawless

Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.

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