It’s back to school time and as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias® we had healthy snacks at the park to kick off the Champions for Kids SIMPLE Giving project at Walmart.
If you’re anything like me, or the rest of my family for that matter, you start to get cranky when it is time for a snack.
Around our house it’s pretty common to hear someone yell “Grab some snacks, someone’s getting hangry!” especially if dinner is taking too long.
Hanger (Hunger anger, for the uninitiated) causes my family to flip out like a pack of wild dogs.
The kids start gnawing on anything too slow to get away, hanging from the chandeliers, magically they have warpaint on their faces and giant leaves fashioned into loincloths. I swear I’ve seen the baby wield a spear before. Badger and I aren’t much better, I pull out my crankypants voice and have been known to flip tables* over little things like leaving the cap off of the toothpaste.
It’s not pretty. Snacks are a must.
Well, a few days ago I hosted a playdate at the park where I handed out goodie bags of healthy kid friendly snacks to share the Champions for Kids SIMPLE Giving project at Walmart with my friends.
One of my teacher friends told me something that completely shocked me– In our school district, 1 in 4 children only eats at school.
It took a minute for this to fully sink in, but I looked around at the kids just in the park and realized that on average 1 out of every 4 kids right in front of me wouldn’t have dinner.
They probably wouldn’t even have an afternoon snack. Here my kids are asking for extra snacks and some of those babies may not have had lunch!
Now imagine that you’re one of those kids that only gets to eat at school. Close your eyes and really try to picture doing your homework when your stomach is growling and your head starts aching, you’re tired and there is absolutely nothing that you can do about it. Kids are my kryptonite and I get a little choked up thinking about it.
This is why I am so incredibly excited about the Champions for Kids SIMPLE Giving project. If you haven’t heard, Champions for Kids is making it super easy to help kids through food donations at participating Walmart stores in Arkansas and Southern Missouri. The donations made through the Champions for Kids SIMPLE Giving boxes will go to the school district where the Walmart store is located. For example, I was shopping in Conway so our donations went to Conway Public Schools. How easy is it to get involved, you may ask? As easy as checking out!
All you have to do is go to your local Walmart through September 8th, look for the display, buy some products, and put them in the donation box. Once the donations are collected, Champions for Kids will be doing all of the hard work, sorting out the donations and taking them to the local area schools for distribution. Bam! You just helped someone and all you had to do was drop a box in a bin.
My kids aren’t in school quite yet but these snacks can help you pack a quick on the go lunch when flying out the door and they are perfect to stash in your purse for a snack emergency. On the display you will find:
- Kellogg’s fruit snacks – Made with real fruit and some varieties are gluten free!
- Emerald Nuts 100-calorie nut packages – mess free and a great way to stay fueled between meals.
- Dole fruit cups and Squish ‘ems – perfect for on the go snacking, plus it’s real fruit!
- Dasani drops – Add delicious flavor and sweetness to your water or any beverage and you can make it as strong as you want.
- Powerade Zero drops – Helps replenish four key electrolytes lost in sweat: sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
Not only are these excellent snack choices, but they are also highly portable and reasonably sized for stuffing into purses, glove boxes, diaper bags, or you could just carry some of them in your pocket like in the olden days before backpacks were invented.**
See? This all fits so perfectly in my purse pocket.
Now I have a full snack stash and I was able to contribute to a great cause in the process. If you are in Arkansas or southern Missouri, drop by your local Walmart and see if they are participating in the Champions for Kids SIMPLE Giving project but while you’re waiting on the kids to find their shoes, check out what other people have to say:
*Not really but that would be kind of fun.
**I’m pretty sure pants were invented after the bag concept.