As we approach Thanksgiving, I’m pleased to be able to share with you an initiative that was launched by Quaker Canada this past summer called Chewy for Charity, which will help Canadian families in need get the nutrition they need this upcoming holiday, and beyond.

Quaker Chewy is asking families across Canada to get creative for charity! Parents and children can get involved by creating a Canadian-inspired piece of art, and then uploading it at (You can even choose to turn your art into a unique and personal reusable lunch bag design, and have it shipped to your home!) 

For every design submitted and approved, Quaker Canada will donate the equivalent of 10 pounds of food to Food Banks Canada. 

This is definitely an important cause: in 2013, Food Banks Canada distributed over 17 millions lbs of food to its network of 500 food banks. Close to 850,000 individuals are helped by a food bank each month, 1/3 of whom are children. While it’s wonderful that help is out there for Canada’s hungry families, on average food banks are only able to offer 3-5 days’ worth of food each month because the demand is so high.

A virtual art gallery of all of the lunch bag designs submitted so far is showcased on as well.  The site will be live for this initiative until October 31st, 2014.

Quaker products are a staple in our home, especially because the items are peanut-free and can be sent to school. Confession time: I actually keep a not-so-secret stash of Chocolate Chip Chewy Bars in my desk drawer. (I buy them in boxes of 40!)

We’re also happy to be able to support a local company. The fact that Quaker has its head office and plant in Peterborough (where the Chewy Bars are produced!) means it has also provided a lot of local jobs. Our girls assume their uncle has personally made every Quaker product that comes into our home!

In addition to this fun and charitable initiative, Quaker is offering one lucky This Mom Loves reader a great giveaway: a Quaker Chewy for Charity Art Party Kit, consisting of $100 worth of Quaker Chewy products and children’s art supplies (see the photo below). Wouldn’t someone at your house love to see this arrive on the doorstep?

To enter, simply fill out the Google form below. All you need to provide is your email address (so I can contact the winner) with bonus entries for following This Mom Loves and Quaker Canada on social media as well. The giveaway will run until Wednesday, October 8th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern, after which time a winner will be chosen through random number generation.

Good luck, and get that art going!

Helpful links:

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Quaker Canada on Facebook

Disclosure: This post was generously sponsored by Quaker Canada. Opinions are, as always, my own.

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