We all have different strengths and abilities and we can use them to contribute in many different ways. Here are just a few ideas and initiatives that can help you join the fight to end hunger in America.
Donating funds and food are the quickest ways to get involved. There are tons of organizations in our communities that rely on donations to operate. Consider donating non-perishables, kid supplies, and money. Drop off your donations or mail them to your local food banks or soup kitchens. Food banks tend to post their "most- wanted- items" list on their website and remember any donation, big or small, goes a long way.
Start a school club
We believe the best way to end this problem is by raising awareness amongst the youth; the future generation. Be a leader in your community, get your peers involved, discuss what your community needs and see how together you can do so much more. This is a great way to raise awareness.
Fundraising gives everyone the opportunity to showcase their strengths for the greater good. One of the most effective, profitable, and engaging ways to fundraise is a bake sale. Baking is a fun way to be philanthropic! As a community, preparing bake sales will provide opportunities for volunteerism while also raising awareness about the cause. Other ideas like hosting a charity concert, a walk-a-thon, workplace competitions, and many more are all great ways to raise money while spreading the word, simultaneously.
Donating your time to a cause is the best way to get involved. You are giving back to your community while also learning how these organizations operate. Most importantly, you are made more aware of the needs in your communities and how your efforts are directly impacting thousands of lives. Contact your local organizations to see how you get involved.
Using your voice to speak for those who cannot is a powerful tool. Speaking with government and local officials about potentially new or ongoing policies and initiatives are a great way to hold them accountable and share personal stories about the people they represent in their community. Educating our communities about food insecurity is an important step in eradicating the problem and, who knows, you can inspire someone along the way too.
Reduce food waste
Up to 40% of the food in the United States goes to waste. This food can be used to feed food- insecure families and individuals. There are numerous ways one can reduce food waste. For example, meal planning and properly storing fruits and vegetables. Of course, food goes bad and needs to be thrown out. Consider composting! Composting is a gardener's gold and can help return nutrients to the soil.
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