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Every morning, when my girls wake up, they walk to the fridge or pantry and stare at boxes of cereal, containers of yogurt, cartons of eggs and bags of bread. They stand there and their little mind has a decision to make “what do I want for breakfast?”

They can pick and choose from a myriad of possibilities depending on their tastes that day.

Breakfast choices

They can even make pancakes and eggs by themselves (while dirtying no less than 15 dishes).

cooking herself breakfast

We are blessed.

There are many, many children who are not so lucky. In fact, when I was teaching, most of my students’ only meals were those provided at school. And, if they were late for school, they missed breakfast and often their last meal was lunch the previous day. Many of these students knew that I often had snacks and fruit that I would happily share with them. Not that that is even remotely enough.

Did you know that 16 million kids live in poverty? Children who eat healthy foods are better equipped to succeed academically, and that’s why ensuring all kids have access to nutritious snacks is so important. But, for kids in need, finding nutritious snacks can be a challenge.

Champions for Kids

Champions for Kids is taking to the communities with their SIMPLE giving program. They are teaming up with Dole, Emerald, Kellogg Company and Walmart for a SIMPLE Giving program to ensure healthy breakfasts and snacks are available to all kids within the local community. They are encouraging help in any way we can. It doesn’t have to be in large doses. Instead, they are seeking to ignite generational change by fostering a ‘habit of giving’ among youth and parents in America.

To participate in the SIMPLE giving program, check to see if your Walmart store is on the list If so, simply purchase breakfast foods and place them in the purple donation bins at the front of the store after checkout before August 20th.

Champion Kids SIMPLE giving

There are many SIMPLE projects, but they all have 4 basic steps:

  • GATHER your friends, family, and co-workers. 
  • LEARN about the needs of children in your community. 
  • GIVE items to help kids enjoy happier & healthier lives. 
  • SHARE your story with us to inspire others.

Check to see if your Walmart is participating and drop off a donation. If yours isn’t, please find a way if you can, to help the kids in your community in need.

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  1. This is a great way to help kids in need of a good meal. I’ll be sure to look out for the purple donation bin the next time I go shopping.

  2. I’m a big believer in kids having a healthy breakfast so I’ll be sure to share this. It’s a great and easy way to share with others. Just shop like you normally would. .

  3. I call for pancakes in bed next Mother’s Day! My own Nana faced childhood poverty and therefore childhood hunger. It’s one of my favorite things to help fight.

  4. I love that you are raising awareness of this problem. My kids have gotten pretty good at making their own breakfasts and lunches, and I LOVE it.

  5. Such an easy way to help children in need of a good meal! Will be on the lookout.

  6. Sounds like a good program, next time I go to Walmart I’ll see if they are doing the program. Once my kids are a bit older they are going to know how to make their own breakfast and they hopefully will let us sleep past 5am.

  7. Thank you for this post. We just forget exactly how lucky we are. We take so much for granted.

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