Five Ideas for Taking Action Against Childhood Hunger

Five Ideas for Taking Action Against Childhood Hunger

Disclosure: I worked with The Motherhood on this post, sponsored by ConAgra Foods. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Earlier this month I share with you some information about childhood hunger especially during summer months when school is out and children who rely on the free or reduced lunch programs are without those meals.  I gave great tips in the post about how you can help the fight against childhood hunger and how you could help with a #HungerFreeSummer.  I’ve been thinking of ways I could help in my own community.  I live right across the street from our zoned elementary school and they never offer any programs during the summer months.  It started to make me think of ways I could help others.  Here’s a few ideas for taking action against childhood hunger in your communities.

Five Ideas for Taking Actions Against Childhood Hunger:

  1. Donate Food – You can always check the internet for local food pantries or check with local churches.  Food pantries are always looking for donations and even more during summer months and holidays.  When shopping for your own families pick up a few extras and drop them off at a shelter or food bank.  Some supermarkets also have options to purchase bags of already packaged foods for a small flat fee.  You could purchase one of those knowing its going to help a family in need.  To find a local food bank visit the Feeding America Food Bank Locator page.
  2. Donate Time – While visiting Colorado Springs recently we drove past the Feeding America Food Bank distribution center.  There were a few cars in the parking lot and you could see trucks unloading.  Often we remember to purchase the food and drop it off but we forget the step of giving some of our time.  Even if it’s just two hours, that time could help with organizing food boxes, sorting goods or even delivering food.  Donating your time is also an option for someone who may not have extra food to donate.  Especially if you are a recipient, donating your time is a great way to pay it forward in another way.
  3. Hold a Food Drive – Use your networks to help organize and hold a food drive to collect donations for food banks.  You can organize them through your community, churches, PTA, play groups and more.
  4. Advocate – We all have the power to effect change, being an advocate for others are a great way to help take action in your community.  If you notice there aren’t any summer feeding sites for children in your community write a letter to your congressman or congresswomen.  Write to the school board or call and see why there isn’t summer programs and why you can help.  Encourage others to take action and share with them the importance of taking action.
  5. Give Money – A little goes a long way and if you can donate money to your local food bank, they can use it.  Those donations help organizations provide services to those in need as well as pay for operations.

Those are just a few ideas to help take action.  You can also join the Fight for a Hunger Free Summer with ConAgra Foods, there are so many great ways for you to join in and help with the fight against hunger. You will be amazed at how easy it is to make a difference.  Check out my short video of how you can help by simply purchasing the Red Push Pin Products from Con Agra Foods.  Also check out the Feeding America A Childlike Summer Pinterest Board for tons of great ideas from other bloggers of how you can take action now and in the future.

Call To Action:

View, like or share Kid President’s new video to raise awareness for kids who are at risk of hunger this summer and help make kids’ summers “awesome!” Every time you take one of these actions, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization, Feeding America, up to two million meals.1

1For every view, like or share of this Kid President video recorded on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Google+ from May 22, 2014 through July 31, 2014, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate 11.1¢, the cost for Feeding America to provide one meal through its network of local food banks. Minimum donation of 10,000 meals ($11,111). Maximum donation of two million meals ($222,000). Valid in U.S. only.

 

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