Kids are anxious. Many are home from school. Activities and community Easter egg hunts are cancelled for the foreseeable future, and school closures are especially hard on families who are food insecure.
Benecomms is proud to be partnering with nonprofits around the country who are fighting food insecurity among families with children home from school due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For each nonprofit we’ve created a printable home-based treasure hunt that get kids unglued from screens and moving in their homes. Visit the websites of the nonprofits, listed below, to download each hunt and donate along the way.
Clues are designed to be hidden around any home in only 8 minutes, and each game provides up to an hour of fun for one or more kids. Encouraging kids to create their own hunts afterward extends the fun even longer.
On this page you can find information about all the nonprofits we are working with and how they are serving families during the pandemic. Keep checking back as we hope to grow this list as time goes on to help as many as we can. And feel free to reach out to us with questions! Contact Angela@benecomms.io.
Thank you for your support.
Real Food for Kids’ mission is to collaborate with school communities to elevate the quality and character of school food, develop and deliver programs that advance literacy in nutrition and health, and engage students, parents, and schools in building a culture of health that spreads to their homes and communities. In response to recent school closings in the Northern Virginia area that it serves, Real Food for Kids is partnering with a local restaurant to feed area children during the shutdown and is offering a “Healthy Easter” printable treasure hunt on its website with a suggested donation of $5 per download.
First Fruits Farm provides fresh produce to local food agencies such as food banks and food pantries, which help feed children in need in general and certainly during this time of school closure. In addition to helping with food agencies, First Fruits Farm also supports local community gardens by starting seeds in its greenhouse and donating them to gardens throughout Wake and Durham County. First Fruits Farm also set up a Sow-a-Seed program to help local residents grow gardens themselves and donate to their neighbors in need. First Fruits Farm is offering a “Spring” printable treasure hunt on its website with a suggested donation of $5 per download.
Eight hundred and twenty million people face hunger worldwide, and that doesn’t change during a crisis. In times of global crisis like the one we face today, vulnerable and undernourished communities are at even greater risk of contracting illness and disease. With the cancelation or postponement of 150+ of its meal packaging events, Rise Against Hunger needs financial support to serve the children and families counting on them around the world. Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization, aims to show the world that it is, in fact, possible to end hunger by the year 2030. With 28 U.S. locations and five international offices, the organization is committed to nourishing lives, providing emergency aid, empowering communities and growing the hunger movement. Rise Against Hunger has facilitated volunteer meal packaging of more than 537 million meals to be distributed to countries around the world. Rise Against Hunger is offering a “Happy Tummy” printable treasure hunt on its website with a suggested donation of $5 per download.
The Children’s Defense Fund fights every day for the well-being of all of America’s children. We do this through local and national advocacy and through community-based programs serving children and training the next generation of child advocates. The Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program serves over 12,000 children in communities across 28 states, providing over 720,000 nutritious meals and snacks and distributing 95,000 age-appropriate books each year. The Children’s Defense Fund is offering a “Learn At Home” printable treasure hunt on its website with a suggested donation of $5 per download.
Finally, for folks who may not have access to a working printer (thus may not be able to print the PDFs from the charity websites), our friends at Kenson Kids –also a Wake Forest, NC based company– are selling and shipping pre-printed treasure hunts, donating 100% of the proceeds to charities fighting food insecurity. Kenson Kids is a mom-owned, made-in-the-USA manufacturer selling products including incentive and chore charts, daily checklists and other products to help parents and caregivers.