This was my first time participating in the Foodie Pen Pals program. It’s quite a fun little concept developed by Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean. Every month there is a sign up period on Foodie Pen Pals area of her site. At the beginning of the following month, she assigns each participant a person to mail a foodie box of goodies to. There is a $15 spending limit. The box can contain homemade treats, purchased goods, whatever you like, but she asks that you first contact your recipient to find out about their personal preferences and dietary restrictions. Some participants are bloggers, some are not.
The person you send to is not the same person that you receive from, so there is foodie fun scattered all around. When you sign up it is just for a single month, not a long term commitment or subscription. Each month you wish to participate, you sign up again.
This month, I sent a package to Athena of Fitness and Feta.
I recieved my package from Jennifer in Alabama, a non blogger.
Yay! Don’t you still get excited to open packages, no matter your age?
Here’s what I unloaded from the box:
I told Jennifer that as a household we avoided artificial ingredients and leaned towards real food.
What do you think? I think she and her daughter did pretty well.
There is honestly only one thing that I probably wouldn’t purchase myself since I found an artificial flavor listed. This is due to our son being sensitive to such ingredients. I simply choose not to buy things for our pantry that he can’t have.
The guilty culprit:
I may not choose to purchase it myself for our home, but I will admit that it is darn good 🙂
And what I didn’t even mention to her was any GMO restrictions. Guess what, I think she rocked it in that department too.
Although when you read the label on these:
you see this:
If you follow my blog, you know that’s got my GMO radars going off. But wait, I just read about thinkThin in a Non GMO article in the NY Times.
In fact, here is their stance regarding GMO’s quoted from their FAQ section of their website.
thinkThin is committed to sourcing ingredients that are not genetically engineered in all of our products. We have stringent protocols for GMOs which includes requiring affidavits from ingredient suppliers demonstrating they can meet our non-GMO requirements. We source nonGMO soy protein isolate.
I am not sure if there are Non GMO labels on the boxes, but the individual products I received don’t mention GMOs on their labels at all. This is a great example of why GMO labeling is so important and in the best interest of some suppliers, not only the consumers. Because if in doubt about the presence of GMOs, I will avoid those high risk ingredients, meaning good intentioned manufactures who are clean of GMOs may be loosing sales from people like me if it’s not clearly labeled GMO or Non GMO.
And 2 minutes after opening my Pen Pals box:
My daughter loved the currants. Munching on the porch while waiting for her brother’s bus to arrive.
While mommy munched on these:
Now, how did Jennifer know I have a bit of a tea problem. I’ve given up soda and replaced it with tea…ice tea, and probably too much of it.
And I like my tea sweet. Honey is the perfect companion to the green tea.
A runner needs to rehydrate after a workout:
What fun! Thank you Jennifer, what a great collection of goodies.
Check out what other people in the program received this month here
If you are interested learning more about the Foodie Pen Pals Program, here is more detailed info:
-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
– Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!
***If you’re in the UK, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at email@example.com to get involved!