Ways you can get involved in the fight against hunger

Interested in enlisting in the fight against hunger?  Here are just a few ways you can start. 
KNOW Hunger.
In the recent FRAC/Tyson poll,    the majority of people said they understood hunger as a national problem, but believed it wasn’t as significant in their hometowns.  You can find out more about how serious this issue is by connecting with hunger relief organizations in your community.  

For a look at the raw statistics, check out Feeding America’s excellent Map the Meal Gap, which will tell you of the level of food insecurity in your own county.  

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC),  has a very informative weekly e-newsletter about hunger issues.  Subscribe here.

 Get involved.
Volunteer at your local food bank, food pantry, feeding site or after school feeding program.  You can start with the Feeding America food bank in your area.  Find it here.    Each food bank has a network of agencies distributed across a broad service area, so there’s likely one in your town to which you could be referred.  This will give you a firsthand view of the people served and the groups serving. 

Share Our Strength has designed some great ways to get involved with their No Kid Hungry program.  You can start by taking their No Kid Hungry Pledge.  Then take a look at all of the ways they suggest getting engaged. 

Become a hunger advocate. Work to help create awareness and engagement.  Lobby your elected representatives for support of anti-hunger programs.   Visit Feeding America’s Hunger Action Center.  (disclaimer: Tyson is a sponsor) or FRAC’s website. 

There are all sorts of ways you can get directly involved:  Plant an extra row in your garden and donate the food to your local emergency feeder.  Ask people to make donations to a hunger organization, rather than give you birthday presents.  Go talk to a school or civic club about  hunger to  help spread awareness.  If you have a favorite tactic, list it in the comments below.

Donate. Fundraise. 
Money is the lifeblood of any non-profit organization.   They can’t do their work without it.  So it’s always appreciated. 
Conduct a virtual food drive for Feeding America

Have a bake sale (or any other fundraiser) to support Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale

Donate directly to any of the major national hunger relief organizations.  Here’s a list with which to start. 

Of course, your local anti-hunger organization also provides a great way to see the effects of your generosity at work in your own community.  They’ll be grateful for any support you can provide.    

OK.   My list is just a beginning.  If I left out your favorite way of fighting hunger, it’s now your turn.  Comment here to let others know of ways anyone in America can get involved.

3 Replies to “Ways you can get involved in the fight against hunger”

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  3. Migdalia Otero

    Fighting Hunger and touching lives, Island Harvest — Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization on Long Island— serves as the bridge between those who have surplus food and those who need it. Our volunteers and staff “rescue,” or collect, good surplus food from over 800 local restaurants, caterers, farms, and other food-related businesses; and distribute it to a network of close to 570 soup kitchens, food pantries, and other places where those in need can access it. We also conduct educational programs to increase hunger awareness and inform the public how they can get involved in our mission to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island.

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