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End Child Hunger #LetKidsBeKids

Child hunger does happen in the United States.

In Oklahoma, it is estimated that 300,000 children may be left without a stable source of nutrition during the summer months when school is out.

Fortunately, some of the schools here in Iowa provide free lunches during the summer to make sure the students who receive free lunches at school will continue to be well-fed.  Many people don’t realize that despite all of the great organizations we have here in the United States, children are still going hungry.

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This is why Feed The Children is piloting The Oklahoma Summer Food and Education Program.

You may already know Feed The Children as one of the world’s leading anti-hunger organizations, but they are back with a new look and a renewed commitment to making sure no child goes to bed hungry. I’m here to tell you of the organization’s new commitment of leading by example, starting with their pilot program in Oklahoma to end child hunger.

In partnership with the USDA Food and Nutrition Services, kids in Oklahoma will:

  • Have Access To More Meals: Feed The Children will provide 115,000 meals, many of which can be brought home.
  • Nourishing Bodies and Minds: At 11 sites, Feed the Children will provide books and educational resources including school supplies for the school year.

Part of the issue of child hunger, is to figure out why kids are still going hungry. Feed the Children will also conduct studies to figure out why some low-income families send their children for meals and some do not. To end this issue, we need to empower families, unite forces with other like-minded organizations and build a new generation of partners and advocates to help eradicate child hunger.

Join us in the fight to end hunger with a tweet-up on July 9th, from 1-2pm est on the hashtag #LetKidsBeKids No organization can tackle the issue of child hunger alone. We need your help!

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Feed The Children.

Our Backyard Garden

It’s been a few months since we’ve moved into our new house and we’ve mainly been updating the outside while the weather is nice. We had a raised garden bed at our old house that my husband built, but I didn’t maintain it like I should have. This go-around, TJ built a tiered garden with stones that were already on our property. We both decided that we like this tiered garden better than the raised garden bed because it was much more quick and simple to make.

I also have a few little helpers that were excited about the idea of gardening which makes it easier to maintain.

In the beginning, all three kids were super excited to pick out their own plants and seeds. That then turned into two kids who were really excited about planting the garden. Then, that turned into one kid who loves helping me weed, water and watch the plants grow. That’s Mr. Manny.

Manny is the type of kid that keeps his room clean and his bed made with no reminders. He even wants to help hammer, sand and stain his own bunk bed, so it should be no surprise that he has claimed this little spot as his own.

He calls this garden his farm.

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We planted tomatoes, peppers, corn, onions, watermelon, beans, strawberries, zucchini and several types of lettuce. While we aren’t gardeners, we are learning as we go.

There is such a good feeling when you can actually grow the food you eat and it is valuable to teach children throughout the whole process and they can actually see and taste the fruits of their work.

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I eventually want to have a backyard garden full of perennial fruits and vegetables.

I am starting with three apple trees. These little trees cost $45 each and already have baby apples growing. These are trees that are supposed to grow tall and skinny, so they are perfect for container gardening and small spaces.

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I’m hoping that one day, we can just go to the backyard and pick apples, strawberries and raspberries!

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Suave Family Perks at Walmart

Today I packed my three kids up in the car and headed to Walmart. It’s always a big chore to take them all to the store (you guys probably know all too well how that goes!), but we had to pick up a few things, including lotion and body wash. Manny and Priscilla call lotion “pomage.” I don’t know if that is a Ghana thing or if the kids made up a new word from pomade, but it is officially pomage in this house and it is a necessity.

I always try to sign up for loyalty and rewards cards for places that I shop at regularly because they don’t cost me anything and I can earn coupons and other rewards for not doing anything differently.

Now with five people in our family, we go through a ton of lotion, body wash, and other personal care products which can get expensive every month. I recently signed up for Suave Family Perks, which you earn points for every Suave product you buy at Walmart. When you earn enough points, you can redeem them for a $5 Walmart gift card. By snapping a photo of my receipt today, I earned points for the lotion and body wash I already buy.

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Not only can you sign up for Suave Family Perks today (It’s free!) to start earning your rewards, but I am hosting a giveaway for (4) $25 Walmart gift cards. Four of you will win Walmart gift cards! You could then head on over to Walmart to buy Suave products with your prize to earn more gift cards! Enter the giveaway below and good luck!

Suave Family Perks – Busy Mommy

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This is a Lunchbox sponsored post on behalf of Suave Family Perks.