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Today is a day for family, friends, and for celebrating the birth of our Savior.  We are going to enjoy the peace from our Savior, savor moments of excitement with our children, and celebrate the significance of today.  We wish you and yours a Blessed and Merry Christmas.

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Don’t Forget to Check your Pantry & Owl City’s Photo Montage Video #childhunger

 

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Over the past couple of months I have posted about the ConAgra Foods Child Hunger Ends Here campaign several times.  It’s honorable when a brand steps up to help end and raise awareness of child hunger. Nationwide 1 in 5 children are food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal is coming from.  If you missed any of my previous posts here’s a link to two of my favorites here, and here.

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As I was reaching in the pantry tonight to gather ingredients to make homemade salsa and chicken fajitas (YUMMY- I’ll post pics and the recipe soon) I realized I still had a couple of cans of Hunt’s products with the push pen logo and code that I had not entered.  GASP – I Can’t believe I forgot!  I could have kicked myself, as the deadline to enter codes ends on August 31, 2012. I had four cans in my pantry which means I almost missed out on the opportunity to help ConAgra donate 4 meals.   I figured if I had cans still in my pantry and I’m a Child Hunger Ends Here Ambassador then there is a good chance that some of ya’ll do too.  I don’t know about you but I don’t want to miss this super easy opportunity to feed a hungry child.

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So…….real quick, take a break and run in the kitchen and glance over your canned food and frozen items.  Look for the pushpin logo (see my pantry above) and code on the back/side.  If you find any cans or frozen items still lurking around grab them and bring them back to your computer.  Go to the Child Hunger Ends Here site here and look for the image below to enter your code/s.  It’s that simple; for every code you enter ConAgra donates one meal.

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You’ll get to download the song “Here’s Hope” preformed by Jewel, Owl City or Jay Sean each time you enter a code from a participating ConAgra product.  Thanks so much ya’ll!  I feel so blessed that our Time 2 $ave Community has such an amazing heart to give and make a difference in the lives of others.  .
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Again, don’t forget to enter all of the 8-digit codes found on the back and sides of specially marked packages at ChildHungerEndsHere.com

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Recently, Owl City rallied their followers to help raise awareness of child hunger by asking, “What surprises you about child hunger?” ConAgra Foods asked their facebook fans to post photos in response to Owl City’s question. Check out the video above of the photos and comments that were submitted.

You can also follow the discussion on facebook here. You can also tweet along by following www.twitter.com/ConAgraFoods using #ChildHunger.

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I am a blogger correspondent for ConAgra’s Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. Opinions and experiences shared here are my own.

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#ChildHunger: Schools Out for the Summer but Child Hunger Isn’t

hunger free   School is out, and it’s officially S U M M E R T I M E!  Many of us are planning vacation getaways with our families and other fun family activities.   It’s so easy to get busy and forget about needs around us, especially since daily school routine has been interrupted with promises of summertime fun.  In reality, during the summer months free and discounted school lunches are gone. Therefore, the number of children are food insecure is even greater.

This summer, approximately 18 million children will face a greater risk of hunger while they’re out of school. During the school year, almost 21 million children depend on free or reduced-price school meals to help keep them from going hungry. But only 2.3 million children are enrolled in similar summer meal programs.1

(from http://www.hungerfreesummertour.org/)

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The past couple of months, I have posted several times about the ConAgra Foods Child Hunger Ends Here campaign as one of their blogger ambassadors. I’ve include links below to a couple of my favorite posts!  Remember, all you have to do is enter the codes on the back of participating ConAgra products online and ConAgra will donate a meal.

Child Hunger Ends Here- 3 Ways to Include Your Kids in Giving

ConAgra- Child Hunger Ends Here! We can all help by entering

ConAgra Child Hunger Ends Here- Enter Codes to Donate Meals!

 

All you have to do is enter the codes on the back of participating ConAgra products online and ConAgra will donate a meal. If you have codes that you haven’t entered yet you’ve still got time!  Codes will be accepted up to a maximum of 3 million meal donations or until 8/31/2012

 

You can make a difference by purchasing participating ConAgra products at your local grocery store. Look for the push pin logo, and enter the code online at Child Hunger Ends Here. For every code entered, ConAgra will donate the equivalent of one meal. You can also follow the discussion at www.facebook.com/ConAgraFoods, or tweet along by following www.twitter.com/ConAgraFoods and using #ChildHunger.

I am a blogger correspondent for ConAgra’s Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. Opinions and experiences shared here are my own.   1 U.S. Department of Agriculture/FNS

You Win a Signed copy of Amy Giggles by Coy Bowles of the Zac Brown Band….. #childhunger

 

Amy GigglesAlright – it’s time to announce the winner…..

Congratulations to Rose, NeeNah, Abby, Julie and Linda! 

 

You’ve each won a signed copy of Amy Giggles by Coy Bowles of the Zac Brown Band.  We’ve already sent you an email, and look forward to your reply!

Winner: Please look in your inbox for an email from- time2saveblogger@gmail.com

 

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Thanks to ConAgra for providing 5 signed copies of Amy Giggles so that we could offer our Time 2 $ave Community this awesome giveaway.  As a blogger ambassador for Child Hunger Ends Here we wanted to encourage you to be part of the solution to Child Hunger.  The statistics are staggering, it’s hard to believe how many children don’t know where their next meal is coming from right here in the US under our nose.

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Child Hunger Statistics

  • Children who are at risk of hunger can be found in our nation’s classrooms, on our playgrounds and in communities throughout the United States. It affects Americans of all backgrounds — urban, rural, young, old, unemployed and employed.
  • Children don’t need to be starving or homeless to struggle with hunger. Many children are simply missing a meal or not eating on a regular basis.
  • Feeding America’s network serves nearly 14 million children each year, and since 2006, the organization has seen a 50 percent increase in the number of children relying on the services provided by food banks. Of the 14 million children served, 3 million are under the age of 5.
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You can make a difference by purchasing participating ConAgra products at your local grocery store.  Look for the push pin logo, and enter the code online at Child Hunger Ends Here.  For every code entered, ConAgra will donate the equivalent of one meal. Codes will be accepted up to a maximum of 3 million meal donations or until 8/31/2012.

 

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If you missed our previous post about Child Hunger Ends Here click the following links here and here.  You can also follow the discussion at www.facebook.com/ConAgraFoods, or tweet along by following www.twitter.com/ConAgraFoods and using #ChildHunger.

 

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I am a blogger correspondent for ConAgra’s Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. Opinions and experiences shared here are my own. *A portion of the proceeds of sale of Amy Giggles will be donated to Camp Southern Ground, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

ConAgra: Child Hunger Ends Here! We can all help by entering codes from participating products. #childhunger

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Jamie and I recently attended Blissdom, a blogging conference in Nashville.  While there we made a great connection with ConAgra Foods.  ConAgra felt that our message of balanced couponing and becoming a purposeful giver resonated with so many people.  After all, successful couponing doesn’t have to come at the expense of our lives.  The goal is to bring financial relief to our family’s finances.  Then, out of our new found abundance, we have the privilege to give into the lives of others!

When we got home, ConAgra invited me to be a Blogger Ambassador for their Child Hunger Ends Here Campaign!  (SO excited!!  Can’t even tell you what a surprise)  I boarded a plan the next week for a trip to Los Angeles for the kickoff of the Child Hunger Ends Here Campaign.  It was an amazing experience, I’m proud to be a part of this program.  When a brand steps up, like ConAgra to use it’s influence to maker a difference (to the tune of providing the equivalent of 3 million meals to hungry children) I for one take notice.

In case you missed our first post about Child Hunger Ends Here jump over here – we’ve provided links to videos with more information.

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Love these girls!!!   Piera (Jolly Mommy), me (Time 2 $ave), Linsey (Lille Punkin’ Reviews) & Rachel (A Southern Fairytale) at the LA Food Regional Food Bank.

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To kick off the campaign we toured the facilities at the LA Regional Food bank.  We had the incredible opportunity to meet and interview singer/songwriter Jewel.

My favorite event of the day was helping stuff backpacks full of food.  These backpacks are given to school aged children who otherwise may not eat over the weekend.  It’s hard to imagine…many children would go hungry on the weekends if they weren’t provided backpacks.

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Here’s the girls and I stuffing backpacks.  Every tub had two backpacks that we stuffed so full they would hardly zip.  These girls were so much fun to hang out with, I was so sad our time together didn’t last longer.

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Jewel was a trooper – she jumped in and helped us after her interviews.

If you haven’t heard her personal story you’ll be shocked to hear she was once homeless.  You can hear her story here.  Jewel grew up poor, and has faced the same food insecurities that 1 in 5 American children face today.

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What can you do?  Buy a participating brand product and enter your code online.  ConAgra will donate a meal each time a code is entered!

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Once you enter your code, you’ll get to download the song “Here’s Hope” each time you enter a code from a participating ConAgra product. To hear the “Here’s Hope” song and to learn more about how to become involved in the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign, you can visit their website.

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Here’s Hope” performed by Jewel, Owl City or Jay Sean – your choice! The more codes that you redeem, the more exclusive content you’ll be able to access.

Child Hunger Did You Know??

  • According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food insecurity or the inability to access
    enough food to live active, healthy lives affects more than 16 million children in the United
    States.
  • By comparison, the number of kids who struggle with hunger every year is the same as the total populations of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston combined.
    • Children don’t need to be starving or homeless to struggle with hunger. Many children are
      simply missing a meal or not eating on a regular basis.

Follow the discussion on facebook at www.facebook.com/ConAgraFoods, or  www.twitter.com/ConAgraFoods on twitter.  Use the hashtag #ChildHunger.