Have you ever missed something, but not noticed that you missed it until you had it back? Well, so it was for me with the Foodie Penpal program. Those of you who have been around for awhile will know exactly what that is, for you fabulous newcomers scroll down further for all the details. After a lengthy hiatus from the program I decided it was time. This month I got to exchange food packages with Kim from Toronto. As always, I had a great time prepping a package for her, but the coming home in the middle of a week filled with exams and papers to find a parcel waiting was amazing.
Opening up the parcel was like walking into your grandmothers kitchen. The scent of cinnamon, cloves and chocolate came wafting out. I had hardly looked through the entire box before I opened the masala flavoured chips (exactly what the doctor ordered!). The rest of the parcel didn’t disappoint. Quinoa snacks, spices, tea, protein bars – everything a student needs. I can’t lie though, I think my husband liked getting the parcel as much as I did since Kim was amazing and included lots of chocolate for him!
I truly believe that sharing food with friends, old and new, is a gift not to be taken lightly. I thank Kim for her thoughtful and delicious gift from the bottom of my stomach and encourage you to send a parcel of treats out to a friend.
Now that I’ve whet your appetite, if you are interested, here are some details on the Foodie Pen Pal program:
First register on line (see the button in the sidebar). On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It’s your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need (allergies, dietary restrictions etc.) You then have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, if you are a blogger, tweeter or facebooker you post about the goodies you received from your penpal. The easiest thing is that the parcel can be filled with any sort of fun food, local food or homemade treats. The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written (a note explaining what’s in the box, a fun recipe, a poem – use your imagination!). As an aside, for ease of mailing people are paired with people from the same country, so no worries about crazy mailing costs.
For more details head to the Lean Green Bean blog.