Here are 5 ways you can end hunger now and make a difference in the lives of those who need it most:
- Donate: Donations to local food pantries go down significantly during the summer months so while holiday baskets are great, it’s important to help stock those shelves all year round.
- Get Involved: Inquire at places of worship in your community about volunteering at their food pantries and soup kitchens. Contact national organizations such as Feeding America, No Kid Hungry, Meals On Wheels and Unicef for information about how you can help fight hunger.
- Spread the Word: Recruit family members, co-workers and friends. Shop together as a family to purchase food for a homeless shelter; organize a food drive at work; ask a friend to accompany you to the local food bank and volunteer together for a day.
- Party for a Cause: Hosting a backyard cookout? Instead of another pasta salad, ask guests to bring a can or box of non-perishable food to the party and donate them to your local food pantry the next day.
- How Does Your Garden Grow?: If you grow your own vegetables, consider donating some of your bounty to those in need. Fresh produce, an important part of a nutritious diet, is not often available at food banks so whatever you can give will be most welcome!
NAPW Local Chapters Do their Part!
All around the country, NAPW members are joining together at the Local Chapter level to fight hunger in America. Here are just a few examples of initiatives they’ll take this month:
Greater Cleveland, OH, Local Chapter – Members are volunteering at the Cleveland Food Bank Kitchen to help sort and repack non-perishable food that is distributed to food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.
Los Angeles, CA, Local Chapter– Members will gather for an informational meeting at The Harvest Home, a residential home that provides food, shelter and clothing to homeless pregnant women.
Colorado Springs, CO, Local Chapter – The Chapter is holding its monthly networking meeting at the Seeds Community Café, a nonprofit that employs a unique “pay-as-you-can, pay-it-forward model.”
Lexington, KY, Local Chapter– To help stock the shelves at a local food pantry, members are being asked to bring non-perishable food items to their June networking meeting.
Gulf Coast, MS, Local Chapter– This year, in recognition of its annual June Hunger Awareness campaign, the Chapter is challenging members to paint a box pink, fill it with non-perishable food and deliver it to a local food pantry.
We want to hear from you! Tell us what you are doing to help fight hunger in your community and the US. Do you think there is more we can do as women?