When I get that gnawing pain in my stomach—that signal that it’s time to eat now or else!—I usually grunt and proclaim, “I’m staaaaarving!”
Within 15 minutes or so, I’m able to sit down to a plateful of hot, delicious food—perhaps my dream meal if I’m feeling particularly indulgent— and begin munching away.
Or, in more desperate situations, I grab an energy bar from my bag, for an instant pick-me-up.
Sweet. Satisfying. Satiating.
Ain’t no thang.
However for millions of children around the world, hunger IS a very real thing.
As a blogger who reads, writes and lusts about food on a daily basis, I’ve come to take my 24-hour access to it for granted. I poo-poo myself when I run out of peanut butter, and feel envious of friends who can afford to stock their kitchens with five different varieties of protein powder.
So where am I going with this?
Over the weekend I was introduced to WeFeedBack, a World Food Programme initiative run by the United Nations that seeks to fight against the chronic hunger that burdens families all over the world.
WeFeedBack utilizes social media to spread it’s message. Here’s how it works:
Think of your favorite food, then type it into the Feedback Calculator, along with it’s estimated cost, and find out how many meals that particular food can provide.
The next step is to donate exactly that amount. Or, if you want, you can donate multiples of that amount. In this way you feedback more portions of your favorite food.
I played around with the calculator last night and learned this:
My favorite scallop meal (scallops+risotto+salad+cannoli) would feed 50 + children
My favorite peanut butter frozen yogurt bowl would feed 25 children.
And one of my favorite energy bars, KIND bar, would feed 6 children.
Let’s pause for a second and talk about those KIND bars.
A few weeks ago I asked my local Whole Foods if they could order my favorite KIND flavor: Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein. Over the weekend they called to tell me the bars were in, but when I went to pick them up they weren’t in stock!
Apparently the orderer had requested the wrong flavor! So instead of Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate, there were ample boxes of Almond Coconut…just for me.
The customer service representative felt terrible and insisted that I take one of the boxes, complimentary of the store, until the correct flavor arrives.
I’d actually never tried the Almond Coconut flavor, so I eagerly broke into one once I arrived home.
The bar was crunchy, chewy and slightly sweet, but not in an overpowering way. The earthy coconut flavor compliments the nutty, butter-like almonds perfectly.
And the icing on the
cake bar is that each one packs healthy fats and 4 grams of fiber. Wooo!
I’ve found a new love.
As I was munching away, I noticed KIND Bar’s mission statement, boldly printed on the side of the box:
Do the KIND Thing—for your body! <—-I like that!
Then the wheels began to turn.
Could we, as a community of bloggers and readers, join together to ‘Do the KIND Thing–for our bodies AND for others?’
I think so!
Here’s the deal. I feel very passionately about WeFeedBack’s mission, and want you to get involved too! So, as an incentive to check out their site, I’m giving away the box—that’s 12 bars—of KIND Almond Coconut bars Whole Foods gifted me!
Here’s what you need to do to enter:
1. Go to WeFeedBack’s food calculator. Enter your favorite food (or the last food you ate…or any random food!) and find out how many meals it can provide. Come back here and tell me the result in a comment. (And if you have the means to donate that amount, please, please do!!)
2. Follow me on Twitter
3. Tweet the following message:
Help me raise awareness about worldwide hunger with @Sara_NF by entering to win a box of bars from @KINDSnacks! http://bit.ly/r4M19S
4. Add me to your Google Reader
I will announce the winner Monday, September 12th!
GOOD LUCK!! <3
Live passionately. Live with purpose. Live with love.
p.s. I made THE BEST pumpkin cinnamon protein cake last night. Recipe coming Friday! It’s possibly my favorite recipe ever.
***Note to add: I became distracted Friday evening, and I have a busy day Saturday (my first flag football game (!!) + birthday parties and football watching), so I’ll post the recipe Sunday night or Monday morning!***