Friday, October 25, 2013

Munchkin March FAQ's


  1. When/where is the Munchkin March?
  2. Who hosts the Munchkin March?
  3. Who is Mindful Mothers?
  4. Can I download a copy of the Munchkin March flier?
  5. Why does Mindful Mothers support the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County?
  6. What type of donation should I bring for the Food Bank?
  7. What is there to do at the Munchkin March?
  8. What movie will you be showing? At what time?
  9. Who are the Munchkin March Partners?
  10. What is the schedule of events?
  11. What items are being sold at the Silent Auction?



1. When/where is the Munchkin March?


2. Who hosts the Munchkin March?
  • The Munchkin March was hosted exclusively by Mindful Mothers the first three years. Beginning in 2012 (year 4) we joined in partnership with the City of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department, who have made the Munchkin March their signature fall event. 


3. Who is Mindful Mothers?
  • We are families committed to raising children who are mindful of the culture, environment and community in which we live. We actively seek opportunities to engage in volunteerism with our families, partnering in service with other local groups. We aim to bond with like minded-families, committed to improving our world, starting at home. We want to cultivate an awareness in our kids of the joy of giving back. (click here to view our mission, or more about us)
  • If you are interested in finding out more about our monthly Playdate With A Purpose, sign up for our newsletter. It includes what we are up to, in addition to other volunteering opportunities and free & fun events throughout the county. 


4. Can I download a copy of the Munchkin March flier?


5. Why does Mindful Mothers support the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County?
  • For the past 5 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!


6. What type of donation should I bring for the Food Bank?
  • The simple answer: what ever you can! The long answer: while bringing a non-perishable food item is always appreciated, the food bank has considerable buying power with their suppliers, so they are able to turn $1 into 10 pounds of food when they buy it themselves. But, donating food is still a great way to support the Food Bank Coalition. When families and organizations contribute fresh and non-perishable food, it puts more variety on the shelves and in the freezers. Here are some suggestions for nonperishable items to help provide a well-balanced, nutritious set of foods to those who do not have enough to eat. Click here to see a list of current needs. 


7. What is there to do at the Munchkin March?
  • Due to the amazing attendance of years past,  the parade moved in 2013 from Downtown SLO to Meadow Park on South Street. It was wonderful- we had lots of room to spread out! Again, this year there will be live music, a photo booth, food trucks, a gymnastics Fun Zone, the PARADE, and an outdoor movie! 
  • Bring a blanket, and either grab dinner from the food trucks or pack a picnic dinner, and stay to enjoy the outdoor movie!


8. What movie will you be showing? At what time?

  • The movie, "Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest" will begin at approximately 7:00 pm (it is 54 minutes long). 
  • Synopsis: It's George's first Halloween in the country, and Bill tells him about the Legend of No Noggin -- a headless scarecrow that kicks off peoples hats while roaming the countryside on Halloween. But is the legend really real? George and Allie are determined to find out by taking a picture of No Noggin in hat-kicking action. But first George needs to figure out what he's going to be for Halloween so he can win the costume contest at the town Boo Festival. Will George's quest for the perfect costume interfere with his quest for the truth? Only the curious will find out!


9. Who are the Munchkin March Partners?
  • We have got some great partners this year!! Check them all out below:
Entertainment Provided By:

Food Vendors:
Gusto on the Go Bistro
The Pairing Knife
SLO Coast Cofee

Services Provided by:
Sonrisa Photography
Harvey's Honeyhuts


Plus a great big thank you to our Sponsors and Supporters!

Movie Sponsor:

REC Solar



10. What is the Schedule of Events?
  • 5:00 pm:  Music ~ Food  ~ Gymnastic Fun Zone ~ Photo Booth 
  • 6:00 pm:  Line Up for Parade at south end of the park 
  • 6:15 pm: Munchkin March Parade! 
  • 6:45 pm: Grab snacks and a spot for the movie 
  • 7:00 pm: Movie “Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest"

11. What items are being sold at the Silent Auction? 
  • There will not be a silent auction this year. Please send all donations to the Food Bank Coalition!