It’s the season when get-togethers and festivities revolve around food. Many of us worry about eating too much at our Thanksgiving or holiday meals, or indulging in extra treats. But there are so many children and families who can’t even relate to that thought. Sadly, the latest hunger stats tell us:
- 1 in 7 Americans go hungry every day
- 1 in 5 children in the United States don’t have enough to eat
Not having enough food most affects:
- 3 million households with seniors age 65 and older
- 3 million rural households
- 1 in 4 African American households
- 1 in 5 Latino households
So while you and I may worry about weight gain, and even waste more than 20 pounds of food every month, the demand for food is growing.
This year, food pantries across the country are reporting shortages and long lines. Researchers think that’s happening because the employment gains we’ve seen as the economy recovers are from part-time and low-paying jobs which still leave people struggling to pay bills and put food on the table.
How can we make it better?
5 Ways to Make a Difference for Hunger
Fundraise. Create an online fundraiser and get others involved in raising money for charities solving hunger issues. You can set one up in minutes on JustGive and find charities to support, add your special message and compelling video/photos—then email friends and family, and post your appeal on social media. When someone asks what’s on your holiday gift list, tell them gifts of charity for the hungry would mean the most to you.
Volunteer. The holiday season brings out a lot of volunteers for food banks, soup kitchens and rescue missions serving meals and collecting food. While always happy for volunteers, these charities could really use help more throughout the year. Their need is ongoing; offer to help as often as you can. (If you don’t know local charities, you can find them here.)
Give. There are a lot of nonprofits doing great work to fight hunger, and your donation gives them the ability to do more. It doesn’t take much to make a big impact. We have a short list of recommended hunger charities on the JustGive site, and here are a few examples of what your gift can do:
$35 to No Kid Hungry helps children get 350 meals.
$55 provides 550 meals through Feeding America’s nationwide network.
With $70, Meals on Wheels can send home-delivered meals to 10 seniors.
Raise Awareness. Start a conversation with your friends and family about hunger. Share posts on social media—this blog and other videos and stories you see—and get more people talking. Raising the volume about the issue.
Let’s take action today and do something for the more than 49 million Americans who don’t have enough food to eat . . . so no one goes hungry.
– Candy Culver