When I was a little girl, my mother, who was my teacher, came up with creative methods to teach me English and geography and appreciation of culture. She encouraged me to sign up for penpals from other places in Jamaica and countries all over the world. I loved it so much. I spent so much of my time writing letters to other kids from countries like Australia, USA, South Africa and Turkey and even made a best friend in Jamaica, Patrice.
When I went to work at Con Ed, I loved that they had a penpal program between managers and kids at a local school where the managers would write and inspire little kids to succeed in school.
Pen pals are a great idea.
So when I read about a foodie Penpal program on the The Lean Green Bean blog, I wanted to try. I wasn’t sure how it would work but I am moderately adventurous so I signed up. (I made that decision in this post) I had to sign up at the beginning of the month, me and over a hundred other people. And Lindsay the blogger at LGB matches all the applicants and sends the email address of the person you’ll be exchanging food with. I was matched with Elizabeth over there at The Young Retiree blog. I probably would’ve never met her otherwise and she has a really cool life so check out her blog.
There is a $15 spending limit and since you’re mailing a box of food, you have to get creative in choosing food that can be shipped and is not perishable.
This is what I received from Elizabeth.
I had told her I love cheese and she found me some great cheese that is vacuum sealed so it doesn’t require refrigeration until after it’s opened. And olives. I love olives! An old roommate I had way back when used to make fun of the fact that I would buy a jar of olives and eat it like it was candy so these two packets of olives were great. Single serve (!) and tasty.
Cheese, olives and crackers makes for a great outdoor snack and I am spending the bulk of my summer outdoors so this is perfect fare for me.
Visit Elizabeth’s The Young Retiree blog to see pics of what I sent her. It was great shopping for her, and I was hoping she would like the foods I chose for her.
The foodie Penpal was a great experience and I am signing up again for July.
I even decided to start my own Penpal share for running themed gifts, called Running Mates. Read more about that here.
Please comment below to join and get a Running Mate too.