Sponsor a Family
Share your bounty!
Hunger can become more than an abstract concept for your child when you provide monthly groceries for a family in need.
What you’ll need
- Your monthly donation
- Depending on the option you choose, you’ll need to buy groceries and personal care items, along with a box and postage
- Paper and writing materials (optional)
- Choose one of three ways to sponsor a family.
- Option 1: Gather four or more families to form a donating group to pack and send groceries each month. Learn about Option 1.
- Option 2: Participate online. Sign up and get matched with a family. $31 will automatically be deducted from your account every month to assist one family in buying groceries and other necessities. To make the experience more “hands-on,” you send a personal care item and/or letter each month. Learn about Option 2.
- Option 3: If you want to contribute at a reduced cost ($15.50 per month), this option lets two donors help one family in need. To connect with your family, you have the option of sending a letter and/or personal care item each month. Learn about Option 3.
- What would it feel like to rely on another family to get your groceries?
- What types of food and other items do you think are most important to send someone who needs them?
- How would life be different for you if you had to think about where your next meal was coming from?
- What things could our family do if we needed to save on food costs?
- The Berenstain Bears Think of Those in Need by Stan and Jan Berenstain (Random House Books for Young Readers, 1999). Ages 4 and up. Mama Bear teaches her family that their unused items can make a difference to others.
- Gettin’ Through Thursday by Melrose Cooper (Lee & Low Books, 2000). Ages 5 and up. A young boy is excited to have a celebration for making honor roll. Unfortunately, he gets the news on a Thursday, the day before his mother gets paid. But she still finds a way to celebrate.
- The Table Where Rich People Sit by Byrd Baylor (Aladdin, 1998). Ages 7 and up. A young girl learns from her family that being rich is not just about material wealth.
Take it further
- Check the Family-to-Family website for other opportunities to get involved.
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