to Help Hungry Children
When it comes to lending a helping hand to the hungry, having partners is key.
Local community organizations are great resources to Share A Meal in your area. If you’re already involved and active with a community group, that’s a great start! Many of these organizations, like the ones listed below, have child hunger programs in place. Just tap into their networks to see how you can help.
• Parent Teacher Associations
• Community Organizations
• Religious Institutions
• Local Food Banks
• Local Military Organizations
Coordinate with Your Local Food Bank
A food bank in your area is another asset you can harness to help end child hunger in the U.S. Here are some ways to make the most out of the food bank in your neighborhood.
OPTION 1: Host a Local Food Drive
Organizing a food drive in your neighborhood is one of the best, hands-on ways that you can Share A Meal. As every community has different needs, it’s important to work with your local food bank on logistics and proper planning.
Use Feeding America’s great online Food Bank Locator tool to get in touch with a food bank in your area. Keep in mind, even a small drive matters - when multiplied over time, the proliferation of small acts helps build a brighter future for children.
Below are some key components for hosting your own food drive:
• SET GOALS: Work with your local food bank to set a realistic goal for the drive.
• FINALIZE LOGISTICS: Determine the logistics of your food drive with your local food bank, including timing, start/end dates, transportation of food, etc.
• START COLLECTING: Request suggested food items based on the needs of your community. Make sure that the food donations are not expired or in poor condition. Your food bank will inspect and sort all of the items, so collecting high quality contributions is crucial.
• SPREAD THE WORD: Register your drive through a local food bank. Word-of-mouth is a powerful tool—especially at a local level—to promote your food drive and encourage others to donate, as well.
Posting flyers online and around your neighborhood is also effective to get the word out.
OPTION 2: Volunteer
If you’re unable to coordinate your own Share A Meal food drive, offering some of your time at a neighborhood food bank is another great, hands-on way to Share A Meal.
Here are some examples of helpful volunteer work:
• DELIVERING AND DISTRIBUTING meals around your neighborhood.
• DROPPING items off at your local food bank.
• TRANSPORTING food to charitable agencies.
• REPACKAGING donated food for use at food banks.
• VOLUNTEERING to work at food drives in the area.
No child should face hunger, so download our Share A Meal toolkit to find out all of the ways you can make an impact.