Grocery Shopping Challenge

The average American family of four spends over $200 per week on groceries….that is $1000 per month!  According to the Christian Children’s Fund, an average African family of four can eat for $0.82 a day.  As Americans, we live in the wealthiest country in the world.  Poverty is not often visible here.  And when we don’t see it every day, we don’t think about it.

Having a food pantry in our garage makes it pretty easy for us, to think about poverty often.  This is part of our life.  We are faced with poverty every week, sometimes every day.  And we are so glad.  It has continued to turn our minds and hearts towards others and towards Jesus.  But even so, we still find ourselves getting comfortable and entitled to things, routines, and activities that we will never deserve.

So…let’s think about poverty more.  Not in an overwhelming, how-do-we-end-poverty? kind of way.  In a way that is simple, practical, helpful, and hopeful.  Getting our minds off of ourselves and onto others helps move us closer to the path of Jesus.  Even while we shop at the grocery store.

As a family, we do a big first of the month grocery shopping trip and then small trips throughout the rest of the month to get basic items.  We make approximately 6-7 trips to the grocery store per month.  Andy and I assume that everyone who reads this website goes to the grocery store at least once a week, maybe more, maybe even a little less.

What if you bought one extra item every time you went grocery shopping and put it in a bag set aside for the food pantry in your area?  After a whole month of grocery shopping, you would have a full bag.  This seems pretty simple, right?

One item every time you grocery shop.

Put a bag next to your front door, find your local food pantry here (like the Jubilee Food Pantry!), and deliver the bag at the end of the month!

This alone will not end poverty, and this is not our intent with this challenge.  Our intent is to encourage thoughts outside your own family as you stroll down the food-filled isles and help form new habits within the Body of Christ.

We would love to hear from all who decide to join the challenge!  Feel free to share thoughts and make comments.  Even though we are at mid-July, start the challenge now!

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9 Responses

  1. I love your idea! It is wonderful and simple and definitely “do-able”. Now I am actually excited about going grocery shopping again. A chore I normally hate to do.
    THANKS!!

  2. This is a great, and a very do-able idea. I am going to participate!!

  3. Love the idea. I know where to find my local food pantry :o) and will try a little harder to do my part.
    I think you are doing great things, for a great purpose. Keep it up!
    Love you guys!

  4. I LOVE GROCERY SHOPPING AND IF I HAD THE MONEY AND ENERGY I WOULD BE OUT THERE HELPING OTHERS WITH THEIR LISTS. BUT SINCE I AM A FAMILY OF ONE, I DO NOT SHOP AS OFTEN AS MOST, BUT I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO FIND ENOUGH IN MY CUPBOARDS TO SHARE WITH THE JUBILEE FOOD PANTRY WHEN THE TIME COMES TO DELIVER MY BAG TO THE GRACE CHAPEL COLLECTION CENTER. GOD BLESS YOU EVERYONE WHO JOINS THIS FUN WAY TO FILL YOUR FOOD BAGS FOR JESUS. LOVE, CJL

  5. I’m on it, doggonit.

  6. I just did my first go in this “challenge” I actually bought 2 cans of something because they were on sale. I am starting a food pantry bag in one of my cabinets!

  7. This is great! We look forward to hearing how it goes for everyone!
    -Liz, thanks for commenting…it reminded me to check on you too. Will you be heading back to Rwanda soon?

  8. Due to the school closing (not a bad thing) my 2 years was changed to 1 year, so I am back in the US now.

  9. We are in!!! Thanks for this simple but great idea. Love, The Mallons

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