Service and giving back usually reach their peak popularity around the holidays. But now that the festivities have come and gone, there are still plenty of people in need.
Helping feed the hungry is especially important during this time of year, when food banks and pantries may have low supplies but a greater need than ever. And it can help you, too, by getting your mind off the dreary weather outside and giving your family something positive to focus on.
Learn more about PGK’s Help Fight Hunger mission and find ways you can get involved, wherever you are.
Facts About Hunger
Hunger is a real problem not just in far-away countries around the globe, but right here at home, too.
- Nearly 800 million people around the world are hungry.
- About 40 million Americans are included in that number.
- 1 in 6 kids in America go hungry, too.
Yet consider that almost 40 percent of food in the U.S. goes to waste. So why the disparity?
There are many reasons people around the world don’t have access to the nutrition they need, from economic inequalities to politics to food deserts. And hunger can hide in even the most unlikely places. Check out Feeding America’s interactive map to explore statistics on hunger in the U.S.
Help Fight Hunger With Project Giving Kids
The good news is that you can do something to help feed the hungry – even from your own home.
Here are just a few activities you can find on our website that will benefit our nonprofit partners.
Make PB&J Sandwiches (North Hollywood, CA area): Ready to whip up a quick meal for the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry? Make at least 25 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and drop them off on Monday or Friday mornings.
Host a Food Drive (Boston, MA area): Collect healthy non-perishables like canned fruit, brown rice, tuna, and more, and deliver them to Rosie’s Place. The food pantry provides assistance to more than 1,800 food-insecure women and families in the city.
Pack and Sort Food (San Francisco, CA area): Help pack and sort fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains for distribution at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank warehouse. You’ll work as a team to get bulk food ready for delivery.
Host a Bake Sale to Feed Hungry Seniors (Can be done anywhere!): Host a bake sale at school, work, your place of worship, or anywhere else you’d like. Your profits would be greatly welcomed at St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, one of the largest Meals on Wheels programs in the country where every $7.85 can feed a senior for an entire day OR feel free to donate to a Meals on Wheels in your community. (Just enter your zip code under “Find Meals” on MOW’s homepage to find the chapter closest to you. Be sure to let them know Project Giving Kids sent you!)
Find Other Service Opportunities From PGK
We focus on simple service activities for the whole family. Whether you live in one of our major service areas (Boston, San Francisco, or Los Angeles) or want to do some service from home, you’ll find plenty of ideas to engage your family and community on our website and the Give Back App.