There’s no question about it: hunger is a major issue. In every country throughout the world, people struggle with problems like not having enough food to eat at home and in schools, not being able to feed growing families and not having the resources to get the help they need.
When hunger doesn’t directly affect you or someone close to you it can be easy to imagine the issue of hunger on a larger, worldwide scale; you know that it’s there and that it’s a problem, but you may think that nothing you can do will really put a dent in the problem. Hunger happens everywhere, however, and while worldwide hunger is obviously an enormous issue, hunger in America alone is a major issue in itself.
Looking just at child hunger in America narrows the issue even more drastically and puts it into a more alarming perspective. According to ConAgra Foods, more than 1 in 5 children in the United States live in households that don’t have consistent access to food throughout the year, a number that adds up to more than 16.7 million children across the country. Approximately 15.7 million US children lived below the poverty line in 2010, making it likely that their families struggle with providing them with adequate amounts of food, nutritious food or both.
With mind-bogglingly large numbers like that, it’s easier to imagine how efforts to end hunger could really truly make a difference, since its reach is so extreme. So how can you get involved in helping to make these numbers a little smaller? The following are simple, creative ways to help end child and adult hunger in your community:
- Help out at your local food bank
- Organize a food drive
If you want to donate on a larger scale, try organizing a food drive at your school or office. Most people have canned foods lying around in their cupboards that they will be more than happy to donate and you can obtain large quantities of food at once. Turn the drive into a game or contest to get more donations!
- Community gardens
nutritious eating habits, too.
- Raise awareness of hunger organizations
If you hear about an organization or opportunity to get involved in an activity that can help end hunger, spread the word! Chances are, many people you know would love to get involved in the same cause. Raising awareness about just how significant the problem of hunger is can also help motivate people to get involved.
- Clip coupons
For families struggling with their grocery budgets, clipping coupons is an easy way for people to save some money at the supermarket. It’s an easy task that won’t take up a lot of your time, but coupons can be a lifesaver for families working to make ends meet.
- Lobby for change
If you notice that a school or other center in your community is not providing sufficient food to the people it serves, or lacks the funds to do so, take up the issue with the center or with your local politician. Problems can only be solved if people are aware of them, so be sure to raise awareness.
How else can you think to help end the issue of hunger? Share your ideas below!