Help Fight Hunger
What’s the story?
Right now, almost one billion people in the world are hungry. How many is that? Imagine your class at school. It’s like if 3 or 4 of the friends you sit with every day (in a class of 20 or 25) not having enough to eat. In addition to many in developing countries who may literally be facing the possibility of starvation, there are many more, both abroad and at home, who deal with food insecurity on a regular basis – that means they have days or periods in their lives when they aren’t sure where the next meal will come from. And we all know, having enough food is essential to growing, learning, and staying healthy.
What Can I Do?
Join the Fight
Because food is essential for life, it is one of the causes around which we are most activated as a people. And as a result, nearly every city, town, and district has organizations that help direct food to those who need it. Serve at a soup kitchen, sort donations at a food pantry, rescue perfectly good food before it is thrown out or wasted. There are lots of options.
Find a Project
For the same reason, we have a growing network of partners doing some really cool stuff to fight hunger. For example, in Massachusetts, our partner, Project Bread, hosts the biggest annual, one-day walk to fight hunger in the country. In the Bay Area, Project WeHOPE provides weekend nutrition to families in need and you can help. In LA, our partner, St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, provides thousands of meals every day. You can host a bake sale in your neighborhood to help feed hungry seniors.
While hunger is a very real problem, there are solutions to be found. Enough food is produced to feed most of the world, but we have equity and distribution problems that get in the way. Did you know, roughly 30-40% of the U.S. food supply goes to waste? Imagine if all that was redirected to people in need in a timely way? Learn more about the issues. Maybe you are sitting on the next great idea to help solve the problem!
Did you know…
Wasted food takes up more space in landfills than anything other single item.
Almost 50% of American produce ends up in the trash. And yet, fresh fruits and vegetables are one of the hardest things for low-income families to afford.
Want to Learn More?
There are several books and websites where you can learn more about stamping out hunger and also about how to begin the dialogue. Some of our ideas are below.
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The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough by Katie Smith Milway
Uncle Willie’s Soup Kitchen by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
The Greatest Table: A Banquet to Fight Against Hunger by Michael J. Rosen
Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier
Faith the Cow by Susan Bame Hoover