How You Can Help Fight Childhood Hunger This Summer

May 31, 2016
During a recent service project, students at Paterson School 28 in New Jersey planted fruits and vegetables to help feed people in their local high-poverty community.

Summer is almost here! This 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.

As a volunteer, you can play a big role in achieving hunger relief. Whether you choose to volunteer at a local food bank, host a food drive or engage your civic leaders around childhood hunger – you can make a difference for hungry kids this summer.

Here are three things you can do to help fight hunger this summer:

  1. Be a Volunteer: Go to to connect with nonprofit partners in your community.
  2. Be a Champion: Take the Vote to End Hunger pledge, and inspire your friends and family to do the same.
  3. Use Your Skills: Whether you are a marketer, teacher or computer coder, share your professional talents with hunger organizations to help increase their effectiveness.

Get inspired by stories of these volunteers who are fighting on the front lines to end hunger:

“Urban Farming”

Nashville teen Camryn Magsby, teaches kids about urban gardening, meal planning and healthy nutrition.

“Bags of Kindness”

Braeden Quinn Mannering, age 12, provides homeless individuals with brown bags packed with healthy food and water.

“A Family Affair”

The Chung family shows that you can fight hunger, no matter your age.

“Tech for Good”

College student Maria Rose Belding built an interactive website to help facilitate distribution of fresh, healthy food to food pantries.

Learn more about how you can help fight hunger through volunteering at

Amanda Knowles