Are People in Your Neighborhood Going Hungry?

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43 million Americans are going hungry. Can you tell who in your neighborhood is going without food? 1 in every 8 people you pass by on the street could be missing meals.

The latest statistics on hunger from Feeding America tell us:

  • 1 in 8 Americans go hungry every day.
  • 1 in 6 children in the United States don’t have enough to eat.
  • 1 in 12 seniors in the U.S. struggle to access enough food.

Feeding America provides an interactive map of food insecurity in the United States. Check out your district to see how you compare to others. Is your neighborhood hungry? What can you to do change that? How can we make this better?

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Easy Ways to Make a Difference for Hunger

Donate Food. Find a local food bank that’s collecting food. Check their website or call and ask what food items they need, but them and deliver them to the food bank. Make sure to check their hours for accepting donations.

Start a Food Drive. Move for Hunger has great information on how to set up a food drive in your area. Check out their tops, find a great location and get your community involved.

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 post your appeal on social media to get your friends and family involved. 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. Find a local food banks, soup kitchen or rescue mission serving meals and collecting food.  Find a few and call around to see who can use the help and set up a time to go. Their need is ongoing; offer to help as often as you can.

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:

Let’s take action today and do something for the more than 43 million Americans who don’t have enough food to eat . . . so no one goes hungry.

 

Living the dream

As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I’m thinking about his impact on our world today. His massive protest in Birmingham, Alabama, caught the attention of the entire world, generating what he called a coalition of conscience. King directed the peaceful march of 250,000 people in Washington, D.C., to whom he delivered his address, “I Have a Dream.” At 35, he was the youngest man to be awarded a Nobel peace prize, announcing he would donate the prize money to further the civil rights movement.

What he accomplished—at such a young age—shows how taking action makes things happen. Your donation to one of the organizations below may be what makes the difference in a young person’s life. Someone you help today may be the person who changes our world tomorrow.

I Have a Dream Foundation

The “I Have A Dream” Foundation empowers children in low-income communities to achieve higher education by providing guaranteed tuition support and equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to pursue a higher education and succeed— in college and beyond.

Big Brothers Big Sisters (find your local chapter)

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth. Your donation helps recruit new volunteers and provides cultural and social activities for children.

Center for Youth Development through Law

Every summer, the Summer Legal Fellowship Program provides a group of youth from low-income backgrounds with instruction in legal topics, practical life skills workshops, paid internships in law and government offices, conflict management training, and mentors.  Your $25 donation provides resources for five new mentors. A $100 donation sponsors a writing skills workshop for 15 disadvantaged youth.

For more organizations that support Mentoring & Youth, or Human Rights, check out the JustGive Guide.

I’m constantly reminded that when I leave this world it will not matter how much money I had, what kind of house I owned, or what degrees I earned. What will matter was the impact I had on the lives of others. Honor the legacy and pursue the dream for a better world. Then tell a friend and make a difference today!

– Sarah Myers, Program Manager