“There are children starving in Africa” – isn’t that what our parents used to say to us when we didn’t finish everything on our plates? I always wanted to say “Then send it to them!”.
But what I didn’t realize is that while there are children starving in Africa, there are also children starving right here too, in Canada.
There is a serious problem with food insecurity in Canada’s North right now, and it’s due in large part to the price of food. The government subsidizes the cost of many foods, but it’s not enough.
Families making little to begin with are stretched beyond their limits when faced with the cost of essentials: $10.39 for 4 litres of milk, $19.99 for a brick of cheese, $13.29 for a package of spaghetti, $11.19 for a jar of peanut butter.
Helping Our Northern Neighbours is a Facebook group started by Jennifer Gwilliam – one woman with a huge heart to see families fed. She’s working to match families in need with individuals or groups who are willing to help them.
And how do they help? By sending food.
That’s it. Super simple. At least 4 times a year, they send food to the families that need it.
I’ve been looking for a way to give back, to serve and bless others right here in Canada.
And I’d love to have you join me in doing just that.
Welcome To The Zoo will be matched with a family, and my hope is that we’ll be sending one box filled with pantry items and consumables each month.
In my town, the cost of food is very affordable, and I’m able to get some great deals. The income I receive from the ads that you see right here on Welcome To The Zoo will go to buying the food.
Here’s a look at our first shipment, ready and waiting to be sent:
I made sure to get a number of the items listed on the Helping Our Northern Neighbours Facebook page: flour, sugar, cereal, macaroni, pasta, tuna, soup, rice, tea, coffee, jam, raisins, and craisins. I also added in a few other items that I thought might be helpful.
I made sure that most of the mixes I included only required water (no eggs for the muffins, for example). That means that ingredients like eggs or milk can be used for other meals.
Any amount would be a huge help!
Together, we can feed one hungry family. And that’s one more than none.
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Cash donations can be made via email transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org.[paypal-donation]
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