I wanted to find a way for my kids (well, my 4 1/2 year old anyway) to give back to our community, and to help in the fight against hunger. My kids are still too young to serve food, or even to help stock items our local food pantry, but I spoke with a local food pantry, the Community Soup Kitchen, who filled me in on a great program they offer: Breakfast in a Bag. Participants simply put together a healthy breakfast in a bag, and bring it by in the morning to serve to the diners at the food pantry.
I knew this would be a good connection for my breakfast-loving son. Each of our bags included: a freshly baked muffin, an apple, a bottle of water, and a napkin. I did the baking because it was for other people, and my 4 1/2 year old’s baking can still be, well, creative.
I was able to involve my kids in the following ways:
- Fresh fruit: We visited the farmer’s market as a family, selecting fresh apples for the bags
- Muffins: We used a favorite recipe of my older son’s (Apple Banana muffins, from Petite Appetite by Lisa Barnes)
- Creating the bags: I laid out the supplies, and my son filled the bags.
- Carrying the bags into the pantry: this wasn’t anticipated, but my son wanted to help carry the bags in and unload them.