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Four Ways You Can Fight Child Hunger

Image of children volunteering at a food bank, courtesy of Feeding America for PHA's 2017 #PHABack2School campaign.

Guest Post by Feeding America for #PHABack2School


Right now, 1 in 6 children throughout America may not know where they will get their next meal. And we know that kids who face hunger often cannot learn as much, as fast or as well. Feeding America is working endlessly to change that and end child hunger once and for all. We do this through working with a network of food banks across the country, supporting important programs that feed kids both in and out of school and educating the public on the urgency of this issue.

The good news is making an impact has never been easier, and you can help us end child hunger! As another school year gets started, here are a few easy ways your family can get involved in the fight to end child hunger:

  1. Volunteer: Spend a weekend this fall making a difference in your own community. Local food banks and pantries offer a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, many of which are kid-friendly. Get started by reaching out to your local food bank.
  2. Organize a community food drive: Work with your child’s classroom or afterschool programs to start a food drive. Your child will experience the good feeling of giving back and will be inspired by how eager others are to help. Check out this list of healthy foods to donate to a food bank.  And learn more about organizing a food drive.

    Image of a child's donation jar for local food banks. Image from Feeding America for PHA's 2017 #PHABack2School campaign.

  3. Set up a donation jar at home: Make a DIY collection jar with your kids for spare change, and encourage them to contribute to it when they can. You can even set a goal that the entire family can contribute to together. Donate the proceeds to Feeding America or your local food bank.

  4. Download Feeding America’s Family Action Plan: Raising big-hearted children starts right at home. Feeding America’s Hungry to Help Family Action Plan can help – the plan includes family conversation starters on hunger, hands-on family activities and ways to teach your kids the importance of caring for others. Download the Hungry to Help Family Action Plan here.

These small acts can bring us one step closer to make sure every child in America has enough nutritious food to succeed. To learn more about child hunger in America, visit Feeding America’s HungerandHealth.org.