Last week I sat down with the two youngest to talk about the importance of giving back to our community. After our conversation, we took a road trip to our local Food Bank and donated 36 lbs of Catelli pasta and other healthy food! These two, they fill my heart!

Whenever we’re alone in the car together (which with four kids doesn’t happen often) my husband and I often talk about what we want to make sure we teach the kids as they grow older.

We talk about silly things, like making sure they know to walk on the right hand side when passing someone in a hallway, and the difference between there, their and they’re – but also more serious issues like the importance of giving back and supporting those who need a helping hand.

In between graduating university and becoming a “real adult” I spent some time in a grassroots orphanage in Kenya, where resources were minimal. It was such an eye-opening experience to see what life was like without enough of the basic necessities such food and clothing.

Since then, whenever I’ve heard terms like “hunger crisis", - I’ve thought of third world countries and orphanages similar to the one that I stayed at.

The vision of hungry children from this orphanage has been forever engrained in my head.

However, recently I learned that there is a hunger crisis in our own back yard.

Did you know that 1 in 5 Canadians have used the Food Bank at least once in their life?
And that one third of Food Bank users in Canada are children and youth?

Think about that! Think about the families in your social circle. Statistically 1 in 5!

1 in 5!!!

As a parent this breaks my heart, for both the children and youth with empty bellies and for the parents who aren’t able to fill up their kid’s lunch boxes or provide them with a nutritious dinner every night.

This blog and online platform means the world to me. Not only does it allow me to connect with and support families from all over the world, but I also get the opportunity to partner with brands and companies that I know, love and whole-heartedly stand behind.  

Earlier this year I announced my partnership with Catelli Pasta, when I talked about my strategies for beating the “meal time mom guilt” and shared our family’s favourite quick + easy pasta recipe (You can read the post here).

But I didn’t just partner with Catelli because I love me a good bowl of pasta.

I partnered with them because I am so aligned their mission, values and what they are trying to achieve!

Catelli recognizes the hunger crisis in Canada and has set out to support Canadian families who need a helping hand.

In 2009 they launched the Feed the Hope Campaign and have since donated millions of servings of pasta to those in need. This year, for the 10th anniversary of Feed the Hope, Catelli  has pledged to donate a serving of pasta for every box of Catelli pasta purchased to 15 food banks across Canada, with a goal of donating 1 million servings.

That’s 1 more million bellies that are going to be full!

Man, that lights me up!

This blog post isn’t like most of my posts. In this blog post I am flat out asking you to help Catelli in their mission and support Canadian parents to feed their families!

The next time you go to the grocery store, I’m asking you to purchase a box of Catelli Pasta or some other nutritious food and donate it to your local food bank. Every little bit counts!

You know what they say, when you’re raising kids, it takes a village… so let’s band together to Feed the Hope!

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DISCLOSURE: This post was sponsored and created in partnership with Catelli Pasta. As always, I only partner with brands that I truly love and endorse. All opinions are my own.