Helping the Hungry
in Your Neighborhood
Get involved locally, because no child should face hunger – especially your neighbors.
Child hunger is not an isolated issue, and chances are there is a family in your neighborhood living with hunger. Whether it’s sharing a meal, donating time or money, or volunteering, the smallest act can make a big difference when multiplied over time. Below are a few ways you can take action locally and help a child in need.
OPTION 1: Share A Meal with a Neighbor
If you’re planning a group meal, ask a couple of family friends to each invite a family they may know who could use a little help to join them for dinner. Here are some tips for hosting a meal with your neighbors:
• PICK A SETTING: Community center, local church, park or even your own home.
• SOCIAL ACTIVITIES: Knowing that some of these families may not know each other very well, consider fun family activities that everyone can participate in. Here are some helpful examples:
“Who Am I?” is a great game to facilitate interaction in a large group and encourage conversation.
“Telephone” is a classic party game that will help everyone at your dinner get to know each other a little better.
• MEAL FAVORS: A cooking night where each family makes a casserole, hot dish, or other large plate they can take home as a favor is a fun tool for sharing a meal with a neighbor. Encourage your kids to help make your favorite salad dressing as a gift that each family can take home.
• BEST OVERS: Consider making more food than you normally would so that you can provide the leftovers— discreetly — to families in need.
• KIDS’ TABLE: Instead of a dessert bar, consider setting up a nutritious snack bar where EVERY child gets a brown bag to decorate and fill with their favorite snacks, like apples, hummus/carrots or pretzels. The snack of choice is yours!
OPTION 2: Pack a Lunch for a Child in Your Neighborhood
When packing your own child’s lunch for the day, consider making an extra one to give to their teacher who may be able to pass it along to a child in need. Providing a child in your neighborhood with lunch for even one day makes a difference.
No child should face hunger, so download our Share A Meal toolkit to find out all of the ways you can make an impact.