Feeding the Hungry with Barefeet In The Kitchen


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Feeding the Hungry with Barefeet In The KitchenBarefeet In The Kitchen will be donating $1 to Feeding America for every comment that is made on this blog post. In addition to that, on December 30th, we will be matching all donations that have been made to Feeding America through the link below, up to $2500.

If you’ve known me for long, you may recall that over the past few years, we’ve talked a lot about different ways to feed the hungry. Having grown up without an overabundance of food in the house, having a pantry full of groceries and a fridge full of fresh ingredients is something that I will never take for granted. I remember watching my mother cry over a gift of groceries and I remember countless meals of beans and rice. Though I grew up without an abundance of material things, I was richly blessed and I never went to bed hungry.

One of my favorite Christmas stories is from my mom. If you are fortunate enough to know her, you know what it’s like to see Christ’s love in action. Her perspective on everything is a reminder that we are truly blessed in the big and the little things. My mother would give you the shoes off her feet if you needed them. She recently shared this Christmas memory from years ago and I’m sharing it here with her permission:

“Our church was collecting canned goods in a box for a “poor family”. Every week I looked to see if anyone had put in a can of cranberry sauce. You see, the Lord had been nudging me to share my can of cranberry sauce. Big deal, you say? It was a very big deal because money was so tight that if I took my cranberry sauce to the church I would not be able to buy any more. Finally, I obeyed that gentle nudging on the last Sunday before Christmas. We still had cranberry sauce for Christmas because on the day before Christmas they delivered the whole box to us! I think God must have chuckled over my foolishness.”

Whether it’s sack lunches for the homeless, or donations in the grocery store, food drives, or wherever you find a need locally and try to help, there is no wrong way to help.

Keep these sack lunches in your car and hand then out to the homeless. It's an easy way to help the hungry.

Once again, as the end of the year approaches, I’d love to get as much food as possible into the homes of those who need it. Every dollar you give through our Virtual Food Drive helps provide 11 meals for people in need. We can work together to make a HUGE impact in many lives this holiday season.

Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, they provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America.

How many families can we feed if we work together to donate what we can? Please consider joining Barefeet In The Kitchen and helping feed the hungry this holiday season.

Earlier this year, I flew to Ohio for a visit to a dairy farm with American Dairy Association Mideast. We toured the farm, oohed and aahed over the newborn calves, and I was even lucky enough to be there in time to feed one myself.

Feeding dairy cows

While in Ohio, I learned about The Great American Milk Drive. Milk is a nutrient powerhouse with 8 grams of natural, high-quality protein and eight other essential nutrients in every 8-ounce glass. Nutritionists recommend that each person drink three servings of milk per day. But on average, Feeding America food banks only have enough supply to provide one gallon of milk…per person…per year.

Fresh milk is one of the items people request the most and it’s also one of the least donated items. Through Milk Life and Feeding America you can donate funds directly towards milk that will be provided at the local food banks.

I researched a great many charities before deciding to support Feeding America. Feeding America spends 94.13% of their budget directly on food distribution endeavors. You can examine their ranking among other charities here.

Please consider joining Barefeet In The Kitchen and helping feed the hungry this holiday season.

Donate to Feeding America HERE

Leave a comment sharing your favorite Christmas memory. (Reading your stories is one of my favorite things to do each Christmas!) Barefeet In The Kitchen will donate $1 for each comment on this blog post and we will also be matching all donations made to Feeding America up to $2500.

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Patricia Graf says

    My favorite memories of Christmas is my family all getting together and having a turkey with stuffing that was a recipe of German & Swedish cooking combined. We would also have Swedish meatballs, Swedish brown beans, potato sausage, rice pudding with raisins and a single almond. My grandmother & mother would make Spritz cookies & Pepparkakor as well as Cardamom raisin coffee cake.
    After I got married we carried on with the Swedish tradition of Jul Ham and Swedish meatballs, Swedish brown beans, potato sausage, rice pudding with raisins and a single almond. Plus the Spritz, Pepparkakor & Cardamom raisin coffee cake.

  2. Nancy Raburn says

    I myself try to go to the Feeding America @ the Plant City United Food Way every once a month to help feed me & my boyfriend since we only receive $15 a month in Food Stamps. I’m very thankful for the food that we receive from Feeding America. And thanks to your site to help people in need. God bless you. Happy New Year.

  3. Btenda says

    My favorite memory would be all of us in the living room elbow to Elbow having a lot of laughing and talking and being together with my father sitting in his chair and the fireplace going.

  4. John Kauffold says

    God bless you for feeding the hungry! I made several of your fudge recipes over the holidays and they were a big hit. Love reading your newsletters. Keep up the good works and may the Lord bless you in the New Year!

  5. Linda says

    Good Moooorning Sweet Girl! Thanks to you and to Barefeet in the Kitchen for all you do to give us delicious milk and foods and for helping those less fortunate. ❤️

  6. S says

    My mom always saved the candy canes from the Christmas tree in the freezer and made peppermint ice cream in the summer. I don’t read many posts but look forward to yours.

  7. Sharon says

    Love your blog, love your recipes and REALLY love that you’re donating to Feeding America. I donate to them on a monthly basis for a couple of reasons. First, they do a magnificent job in utilizing their donations. Did you know that 98% (or maybe 99%) of their donations go directly to helping people and NOT executive or administrative costs? I look forward to continued great recipes and information from your blog. Happy New Year!

  8. Joan says

    Thank you for all your lovely recipes, which I have tried many. Forgot to say and loved.

    Have a happy and wonderful new year.

    lots of love,

  9. Pat Clark says

    What a terrific program and one so desperately needed.

    Re: your weekly Little Things Newsletter, I liked the format of “meal plan” where I clicked and scrolled through the week’s worth of recipes rather then seeing a name and then clicking on it.

    Thanks for all you do!