Go Humans Go!
How cool is this? Guess what we are doing?
Okay, I’ll fill you in. We are making oatmeal smoothies at Quaker Oats’ Go Humans Go event. That’s right. That’s a BLENDER BIKE. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. And, it was a workout.
If you’re new here, I’m the second one on the left, wearing the colorful scarf and yellow wellies. To my left is Joanna of MyMomShops and to my right is Brian of Looky, Daddy! To his right is Anna of Mommy Poppins.
Along with AskMoxie, Emily of The Motherhood, and Danielle of Foodmomiac we met at Times Square where Art Smith (Oprah & the Obama’s favorite chef) was serving free Quaker Oatmeal breakfast to New Yorkers.
After we were filled with yummy hot oatmeal, we moved on to the main event, our trip to the NYC Food Bank (which Quaker Oats organized for us) where as a group we volunteered our time by sorting and packaging food for needy New Yorkers. The food bank at which we volunteered is the LARGEST in the nation.
The NYC Food Bank was so happy to have food there for us to pack. They told us that since the summer there have been periods where they need to SEND VOLUNTEERS HOME because they don’t have enough donated food to organize.
Looky, Daddy! is definitely someone you want on your team when volunteering. He was so fast and furious that I couldn’t get one non-blurry photo of him. Go Human Go!
During the hour or so that we were at the NYC Food Bank, we sorted and packaged 1,155 lbs. of food or the the equivalent of 888 meals. AND an additional 2,500 meals were donated in our names for our volunteer time and effort. Go Humans Go!
As I live-tweeted the day, I was so encouraged by all my Twitter friends rooting me and the blogger volunteer team on. Bloggers around the country asking how they too could get involved.
And, that is the point of Quaker’s new campaign. Quaker has launched the Go Project, a movement that asks people to fuel up and “power their potential,” and join Quaker and the Share Our Strength organization to fight childhood hunger in their communities.
I hosted the NYC Go Gathering which is the first of a dozen blogger Go Gatherings that will occur nationwide as bloggers with their friends and family volunteer for Share Our Strength at their local food banks and pantries.
Humans, volunteer your time. It does a mind, body and spirit good. Yours and others.
Here are a couple of the cool things Quaker is doing:
* Quaker is committed to donating up to 1 million servings of Quaker products made with whole-grain oats to Share our Strength to help provide nourishment and feed hungry families across the country. All you need is the 12-digit UPC number under the barcode on any Quaker Oats, Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Quaker Oatmeal Squares, Quaker Life or Quaker Chewy package. Click here to enter a UPC.
* You could bring your own hunger relief idea to life in your local community. Each month Quaker will award 20 Go Grants of $500 so people like you can develop community projects to help combat hunger. Submit an application here.
Published March 13, 2009.
Last updated August 21, 2013.