High School Students in Las Vegas Fighting Hunger for Three Square Food Bank
By Ed Nicholson
Take a look around food banks, food pantries and hunger relief organizations, and you’ll see some phenomenal volunteers; engaged, dedicated, selfless, energetic, intelligent, passionate.
Problem is, a whole lot of these volunteers are, shall we say, of "a certain age." (And I can use the categorization because I’m every bit of "a certain age" myself). Not as many younger folks.
So what’s going to happen when those in our generation retire from volunteering?
For the past three years, at Tyson Foods, we’ve been piloting The Student Food Drive with selected Feeding America food banks across the country. This effort engages high school students in raising funds and food for their local food bank. It requires a coordinated effort among schools, food banks, and local sponsors, but done right, the results are phenomenal: Students become aware of hunger in their own community, while developing leadership skills. If the food bank makes the effective connections, they have stakeholders for life.
In 2009, these food banks/ communities are joining others who have come on board to do Student Food Drives in the past three years:
Southeast Missouri Food Bank Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Lowcountry Food Bank Charleston, South Carolina
Mountaineer Food Bank Gassaway, West Virginia
Channel One Food Bank Rochester, Minnesota
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana Muncie, Indiana
Three Square Food Bank Las Vegas, Nevada
So what are you doing in your community to "rejuvenate" the pool of enaged hunger fighters?