Change Notes: What will you bring to the table?
The flyer a colleague sent me lists the facts:
- More than 16 million children in America are at risk of hunger. That's more than 1 in 5.
- 1 in 2 children in the City of Detroit face hunger. That's half.
But the flyer doesn't stop there. A second column is titled "Solutions" and has just four words in it.
The solution is you.
Students at Loyola High School in Detroit, Michigan, created the flyer as part of What will you bring to the table? a national campaign led by Points of Light's youth service division, generationOn.
What will you bring to the table? is empowering young people across the country to take action to help end child hunger in their communities.
Loyola High School students in Detroit collected 1,000 cans for food banks in their community.
At Loyola High School, students designed and constructed a community table that served as both a starting and a focal point for their project. They hosted a forum during lunch periods around the table, and shared materials they'd created – like the flyer that made its way into my hands. They also collected 1,000 cans of food for local food banks.
Over the next month, youth-led activities like this one are taking place in communities across the country to raise awareness, food and funds to help end child hunger.
What will you bring to the table? has another big goal: to generate 1 million meals for children in need. Thanks to generationOn's partners – ConAgra Foods, Hasbro, Hilton Worldwide, Arby's and the Arby's Foundation, the Hub Network, C & S Grocers, and the National Turkey Federation – every action counts. If you raise awareness, write a blog, convene a group discussion — when you report those actions on the campaign website your efforts will be matched with a meal donation by the campaign partners.
So what will you bring to the table? Check out the ways you, your family and kids you know can help be part of the solution.
No child in this country should go hungry.
CEO, Points of Light