Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Learn about wheat, and help feed the hungry!

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Wheat Food Council. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have to admit, I don't spend that much time thinking about what my food goes through before it shows up in the store or on my table. I'm a city girl through and through, so the world of farming is a total mystery to me!  So it was fun to learn about the How Wheat Works program, which delivers a "farm-to-fork" education on wheat.

At this site, you get the chance to virtually grow your own wheat- going through the whole process of choosing a type of wheat to be grown, then virtually growing, harvesting and milling the kernels. After that you get to virtually bake the wheat food of your choice! This whole process takes place over four days, with each step requiring a few minutes from the participant.  

I think this program is a great way to introduce your kids to the world of farming and teach them where our food comes from.  The Wheat Foods Council also has other great kids' resources and information available at www.wheatfoods.org. Kids should know that someone works hard to produce what they eat! And you can do it all from the safe and warm comfort of your home, no traipsing out to the country and wandering around farmland!  At the end of each phase of the virtual growing/harvesting/milling process, there are additional activities that you can participate in, such as making wheat-based recipes and seeing what sort of wheat is grown in your state.

The best part of this program though, is the wonderful charity aspect. For each person who goes through the virtual growing of wheat, the Wheat Foods Council will donate two pounds of flour, up to 90,000 pounds to Operation Homefront. This is a non-profit organization that helps feed needy U.S. troops and their families. It's a sad reality that some of the people who put their lives and their families on the line to protect us are having a rough time making ends meet. This is a great way to say thank you to them and to give back.

So take a minute, visit How Wheat Works, learn something new and help out a needy family, all at the same time!
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