Hunger

May 31
Posted by Amanda Knowles to Volunteer Advice, Hunger

Summer is the season to enjoy endless fun in the sun with sunscreen, flip flops, and cold beverages. But if you’re one of the 15 million children living in food-insecure households, surviving summer means finding a way to not go hungry. School is often the most reliable place where kids can get a meal. With the end of the school year approaching, the fight against childhood hunger becomes especially urgent.

Apr 16

What can a kid do to fight hunger? That was a question I asked myself when I was 7 years old. I saw a man on a street corner holding a sign that read, "NEED A MEAL."  It made me realize that I needed to do something about it. But what could I do? Well, it turns out a kid can do a lot.

Apr 14

A food pantry volunteer since childhood in rural Iowa, Maria Rose Belding grew frustrated at the uneven nature of food donations. One day when Belding was 15, a well-intentioned donor gave her local food pantry a year’s worth of macaroni and cheese. “They didn’t ask us if we needed it,” she said. “But they gave us 5 tons of it.” After several months, clients at the food pantry were begging for something else, and after a year, the boxes were expiring. Belding was tasked with lugging the excess out in the snow to the dumpster. “As I did, I saw people outside, waiting in the cold for hours before we opened because they needed food so badly,” says Belding. “I thought, there has to be a better way.”

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