IDEAS FOR FAMILIES
From Beth Teitelman, 92Y’s Director of Scholarship Services, and Fretta Reitzes, Director of 92Y’s
Wonderplay Initiative and Goldman Center for Youth & Family. Beth and Fretta are the co‐‐‐authors of
Wonderplay and Wonderplay, Too!
• Have a family conversation about your favorite foods and the healthy foods you having been
trying to eat. Take some of those foods from your cabinets (non‐perishable) and bring them
to your local food pantry.
• Home Treasure Hunt! Look in your closets at home …kitchen tools, dishes, towels and
sheets, toys, books, school supplies. Collect what is not being used, what hasn’t been used
in a long time, and the extras you have, and donate to a program that sets up families in
• “Change of Season” – At the beginning of each new season, think of one specific item that is
needed. For instance, gloves and hats for winter, socks for fall, T‐‐‐ shirts for summer, etc. Do a
collection in your neighborhood, building, or school for just that one item and donate. The
younger children enjoy counting up the number of items that have been collected.
• Hold a neighborhood yard or bake sale and donate proceeds to an organization in need.
• For an entire week or two, everyone in the family skips the “extras”. Take the money you
would have spent on after school treats, a special ice cream, or coffees from your favorite
vendor, and collect it all in a jar. Watch it mount and donate to your local food pantry to
help others get the essentials foods they need.