Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Playdate with a Purpose Nov 2012: GleanSLO at SLO Creek Farms

Mindful Mothers and families gathered at SLO Creek Farms on Saturday, November 3 to “glean” apples.  It was so cute to see the little ones picking apples, running, playing, and of course eating apples in the orchards!  We harvested apples for just over an hour and picked 457 pounds of pesticide-free apples that were distributed and enjoyed by Food Bank recipients the following week. Thanks to those who volunteered to help feed the hungry in our community!  This was an opportunity to talk to our little ones about how we can pick fruit to share with our neighbors in need.

We want to thank the Gable Family who have owned and operated the SLO Creek Farms for over 40 years.  They graciously allowed GleanSLO and Mindful Mothers to harvest the apples in their orchards to donate to the Food 

Bank.  They also let us take home as many free apples as we wanted to pick!  Thank you, Gables! 

GleanSLO is an effort under the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County that unites farmers, community volunteers, backyard gardeners, health advocates and food providers to harvest and donate excess produce into our local food system.  GleanSLO is always looking for volunteers, so check out their site to see how you can help with another glean in our community.

Also, for any of you that do have backyard trees with excess fruit or a neighbor that does, GleanSLO has some drop sites in SLO that would welcome your fruit!  Getting out in your neighborhood to talk with your neighbors is another great opportunity to involve your children in volunteering/sharing. For questions, please email gleanslo@slofoodbank.org.

Monday, October 29, 2012

What a great year!

The 4th Annual Munchkin March was an amazing success!
Photo by Weston Neuschafer Photography 
Thank you to everyone who joined the event; we had a great time!!

Our group was founded in 2009 with the first annual  Munchkin March Halloween Parade, which was also a benefit for the Food Bank Coalition of SLO County. That first year, we had 25 children participate. In just three years, we grew our participation 1000% to 500 participants in 2011. I am pretty sure we beat that number this year! While we weren't able to get an exact count, we are estimating between 600-800 kids, parents, and family members showed up in support of the Food Bank Coalition.

Together, we have made our largest contribution to date: 
13,171 pounds of food!

We are growing, and learning along the way. Every year we have seen impressive growth and interest in our event, and we thank you for your support. We can't wait to see what next year holds!

We would like to add a special thank you to the Willard E. Bartel Foundation and to Glenn Burdette, CPA for sponsoring our event this year. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Spotlight: Food Bank Coalition

Food Bank Coalition Of San Luis Obispo County- Our partner charity for the Munchkin March! 

For the past 3 years, the Munchkin March Parade has benefited the Food Bank Coalition of SLO County; we look forward to working with them again this year. Why the Food Bank? They work really really hard providing members of our community with food. Did you know that 1 in 6 people in our county reached out for help last year? That is 44,000 of our friends, neighbors, and coworkers. The Food Bank Coalition keeps a very low overhead- less than 5%- which allows them to turn every $1 donated into 7 nutritious meals.

Children are even more vulnerable to food insecurity*- 40% of those that are food insecure in our county are children. Mindful Mothers actively seeks opportunities to improve the lives of those in our community by engaging ourselves and our children in volunteerism. Our partnership with the Food Bank Coalition creates an opportunity to engage with our children, and teach them the importance of giving back within our community. We encourage you to talk to your children about how participating in the Munchkin March benefits their community. (*food insecurity is defined as not having access to enough food to meet ones nutritional needs on a regular basis)
For every $1 donated the Food Bank Coalition can provide $10 worth of food.

Most needed items are as follows:

Fruits & Vegetables: canned or dry fruits and vegetables in an array of colors will help ensure consumption of many vitamins and minerals.
  • canned vegetables 
  • vegetable juice 
  • canned tomatoes (juice & sauce) 
  • canned fruit 
  • dried fruit 
Grain Group: whole grains provide maximum nutrition value and long-lasting energy.
  • oatmeal
  • whole grain crackers 
  • low sugar/high fiber cereals
  • All pasta types
  • Whole grain rice
Protein Group: Lean meats and canned or dry beans provide the necessary fuel for muscles.
  • Canned tuna, salmon or chicken
  • Bean soups
  • Baked beans
  • Dried and canned beans and peas
  • Chili Beef stew
  • Peanut Butter Nuts

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Playdate With A Purpose August 2012: Clothing Exchange

Recap: Clothing Exchange, August 2012 

Thank you to the families who supported our second Playdate with a Purpose, benefiting the ALPHA Pregnancy Support Center in SLO.
We had a great turnout at Meadow Park on Friday, August 24 with an impressive clothing exchange. I overheard many moms talking, and we agreed: it was great to clean out our closets, get some new clothes, and benefit a worthy charity! We were able to partner with the Birth and Baby Resource Network for their annual community service project, and donate all of the remaining baby items to ALPHA.

Special thanks to Jennifer Stover, president of BBRN, for dropping off the items. She reported, "I took [the donations] in yesterday and they were thrilled... The nice ladies at Alpha told me this is a time of year they are usually running low on items... They said they had begun to run low on baby things but are now completely restocked."

We are considering making this a regular (annual? bi-annual?) event... what are your thoughts?
Let me know:paige@mindfulmothers.org

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Playdate With a Purpose: July 2012

Thank you to the families who supported our first Playdate with a Purpose, benefiting the Prado Day Center in SLO.  We had a great turnout at Islay Park on Monday, July 30 with an impressive amount of donations benefiting children.    Teaching the kids why they couldn't eat the goldfish cracker donations was part of the fun!   We enjoyed hearing how each family discussed the topic of our neighbors in need with their kids.    Prado Day Center serves the homeless population during the daytime hours when the shelter is closed.  During the summer when schools are out, the number of kids at the center increases dramatically.  Countywide, children under age 18 account for 49% of our homeless population.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Special Event May 2012: Arthritis Walk

One of our very own "mindful children," Makenna Sherman, was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in 2010.  On Saturday, May 5th, a group of Mindful Mothers joined the "Moving for Mak" team in the Central Coast Arthritis Walk at Lake Park in Atascadero. Makenna was the walk's "Youth Honoree" and raised over $5000 to help fund the mission of the Arthritis Foundation, which is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. Way to go Mak!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Munchkin March 2011

The 2011 Munchkin March was a great success! 

259 kids attended and we gathered four huge barrels of food and $905 for The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo! That is equivalent to 9,430 pounds of food!

Visit our Facebook page for photos from the event and more info about our the annual event!

Photography courtesy of Cindy Franklin Photography.


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