It has been said we have an epidemic of childhood hunger in America, and statistics show that it may be true since more than one in five people goes to bed hungry each night. Sadly, that number is probably much higher because researchers are the first to admit that many homeless people are unable to be contacted when surveyors are looking for them. Some live inside tunnels under cities, others move tents from day to day, and still, others hide in buildings no one uses any longer. So, what can you do to fight the hunger facing so many children each year? You may be surprised.
1. Collect Food
Once known as a ‘food drive,’ the collection of food for possible donation to shelters, organizations, and the poor has been around for a long time. You can make phone calls to friends, family, and co-workers to organize a food drive of your own. Just think, if you collected 20 cans of food from 20 people, you could make a huge difference of 400 cans of food to a shelter near you. That will feed a lot of children.
2. Donate Money
If you are like most people, you are a busy person with a hectic schedule; however, you can find a few dollars each week and make a donation to a charitable cause that focuses on children. That is what Eyal Gutentag and his wife Diane did when they found out there were 16 million hungry children in America. They used their charity to fight childhood hunger, and you can too by donating a few dollars each month.
3. Collect Coins
At the end of the day, you probably have a handful of coins you can toss into a jar. Ask your friends to do the same thing, and at the end of each month, have a collection party and count the money from all the jars. Your spare change can buy bread, fruit, and vegetables to provide much needed nutrition for a growing little body.
You can make a huge difference in the fight against hunger. Gather your friends and fight the problem together.