A couple of weeks ago, our church’s bulletin contained a blurb about the new, permanent food pantry going up in our lobby. Members have the opportunity fill the pantry weekly, and then, the contents of the pantry are donated to a local public school.
However, I’ve come to realize if I just go to the store and buy this and that for the pantry with little thought, it doesn’t really help my kids learn anything about serving because while I’m racing around the grocery store looking for canned meats and peanut butter, my kids are chopping on free cookies from the bakery. I don’t learn much (except where the canned meat is). They don’t learn much (except that peanut butter, bakery cookies are better than sugar cookies with sprinkles).
Solution: Give the kids the list of needed items and have them build a meal.
The result? Less yapping by me and more learning by them. Just what are my kiddos learning from putting together one meal? So glad you asked.
- The word “perishable”.
- That kids in their school district don’t have enough to eat.
- The difference between name brand and store brand.
- Rice is cheap, but not fun to eat. Mac and cheese is yummy, but more expensive.
- Fresh fruit isn’t an option for many families.
- Gross food is often inexpensive (No thank you, $.77, generic, lima beans).
- There are people who can’t buy what they want in the grocery store.
- Salad won’t stay fresh in a food pantry.
- Sadly, neither will bread.
- Breakfast bars don’t make a tasty breakfast.
It’s funny how much you can teach your kids about giving when you decide to get out of the way.
Excellent idea, Amy.
Thanks, Patricia! They enjoyed it.
Amy…this wonderful wisdom….isn’t God faithful to parent us so we can parent our children….blessing to you
Ro, A perfect description, “parenting us so we can parent them”. Yes!
Oh, I learn this practically every day. Thanks for the insight!
Jill, I am a talker, and more I talk, the more my kids space out! So nice to see them learning without me telling them what they are suppossed to learn. Ha!
Excellent insights Amy!
Thanks for taking the time to read, Lisa!
And might I say I’ve been guilty of combing through my cupboards for stuff I don’t want/like…
I’m guilty too. Sure, I’m going to give away the lima beans and the waxed beans and the off brand fruit cocktail. Blah!
I think this is a great idea. But, at the same time, it just kills me that this is such the reality of life.
I know. It’s hard to imagine…especially when the kids who are hungry don’t “look the part” (whatever that part may be). One of the kids I taught a few years ago came to me once and said the only food he had in his house for the last three days was potatoes. I almost fell over. I never would have guessed.
Thank you for sharing Amy. I love how the routine act of going to the grocery store can be a learning time for kids.
Right! So often we think we don’t have time to serve, but often we can combine serving with what we are already doing.
I can just picture you three zooming around the store, and lima beans? They are always a bad choice 🙂 Thank you for yet another gentle reminder to just do something.
Our family doesn’t exactly zoom around the store, especially since Ruby still insists on riding in the car cart. Go ahead and pity me…that car cart is a beast!
Another great teaching moment…Thank you, Amy 🙂
I appreciate you reading, lady.
FANTASTIC!!!! Way to go Mom!
Thanks! I don’t always capture those moments the best way, but this one sure was fun!