If you're planning to donate food, you can shop intentionally with your kids!
Before grocery shopping, think through these things as a family:
Healthy vs Cheap: Talk with your kids about healthy food versus unhealthy food. Ask them: Is it better to buy food that will help someone feel full for a little while, or food that will fill them up AND help them be healthy long-term? (You might also compare costs with your children, and help them see how hard it is for people to afford healthier foods.)
Nutrition: Look at the list of the foods highest in nutritional value (from the North Texas Food Bank): Soup, Stew or Chili (Low-Sodium), Canned Vegetables (Low-Sodium), Beans (Canned or Dried), Canned Tuna or Chicken, Fruit (Canned in Juice or Dried),Peanut or Almond Butter, Reduced Sugar Pudding Cups, 100% Real Fruit Rolls, Whole Grain Crackers, Granola Bars, Lightly Salted Trail Mix, and Brown Rice. Talk with your kids about what makes these food products better than other foods.
Helping vs. Feeling Good: Pray as a family about serving people in ways that truly help, not just in ways that make us feel good. Discuss the difference. While at the store:
- Let your kids take part in finding foods! As each person picks food, discuss why it makes a good selection.
- As you buy each can or package, have your kids imagine how the person eating it will feel. (Take every opportunity you can to reinforce that real people who live near them will eat this food!)
- When you bring your cans to the food bank, let your kids help! Encourage them to tell the staff or volunteers what they're bringing - and why!