Join Me: Food Bucket Challenge

I read this article this morning and I got angry. Arnold Abbott, a 90-year-old activist and two church pastors with him were arrested at a park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Sunday and then again on Wednesday for feeding the homeless.

Apparently the city is "cracking down" on food sharing, the city's commissioners passed a measure last month that requires feeding sites to be more than 500 ft away from each other and 500 ft from residential properties and only one group is allowed to share food with the homeless per city block. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, there has been a 47% increase in the number of cities that have passed or introduced legislation to restrict food sharing.

There is something wrong with this world. I don't care what religion you are (or aren't) when there is a person who is hungry as a fellow human being we must help if we can. The measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members.

So I read the article and got angry and then I thought OK use that anger and do something. I was headed out to run some errands and I thought I'd pick up some food for my local food bank and donate it in Mr. Abbott's name but I am also hoping you will join me so together we can make a bigger impact! 

The Food Bucket Challenge (sort of a play on the ice bucket challenge)

  1. Fill a new bucket (or box, bag, whatever) with non-perishable food, no set amount, whatever you can do.
  2. Take a photo of your donation. 
  3. Put it up on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest and tag it #EggfaceFoodBucket so I can see it. Put a link to this blog post to get your pals to join in. I'm hoping each person can get at least 1 friend or family member to do it too. Not on those social media sites or don't get the whole tagging thing you can email me the picture or message me the photo on The World According to Eggface Facebook page.
  4. Donate your items to whoever in your local community is taking food donations or if you personally know of a person or family in need give it to them. 
You will have the good feeling that comes from helping another and we will send a collective message that we stand with people like Mr. Abbott.

Little bonus: I'll add all the Food Bucket Challenge photo participants names to a hat and draw one photo on November 30th and send that random person a special thank you care package (contents yet to be determined but it will be fun I promise.)

I hope you will join me!

Find a Food Bank in your area.
Find out more about Arnold Abbott's non profit charity "Love Thy Neighbor"
The article I read this AM that made my blood pressure rise.

Some other fun projects we can do together:
Donate Your Pounds
Make Blessing Bags

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Pam Gray said...

What a great idea. God bless you for doing this. I know He will !

Anonymous said...

It's sad. Governments' plot to rid the US of homeless, low class and middle class. The more I learn the more I see this country is messed up. Sad sad sad. Good job donating!

Anonymous said...

Thank you. How can I share this on Facebook? I will do so.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

If you share on your newsfeed just like you would a family photo but set the privacy to public on the picture put #EggfaceFoodBucket in the description and I should be able to see it. If you have trouble just email me the pic :)

Kathleen Roberts said...

Wonderful idea & way to give back !! LOVE IT :) !

Tammi Goff said...

I love this idea - such a neat twist on the Ice Bucket challenge! I will DEFINITELY be filling a bag to donate!

giddlygoop said...

Great idea! I'll do it!

MIndy said...

Great Idea!!! I will be joining you.

Tracey said...

I saw a similar article and I honestly don't understand what the city gov is trying to accomplish. This is a great idea Shelly. I made a monetary donation to my local food bank today. It's my favorite charity. Thanks for getting the message out. Tracey