Help Stop Hunger
Every year, the Feeding America Network provides food to more than 37 million people facing hunger in the U.S. This includes more than 14 million children. Feeding America works with a network of over 200 local member food banks to secure food, acquire funding, distribute food, share knowledge, encourage the government and inspire people like you and me to get involved.
You can take action to help stop hunger in the United States in a variety of ways. Local food banks and other hunger organizations can always use donations and volunteers. However, you can do more by advocating for the hungry in your community. Call or send a letter to your elected officials about hunger issues. Talk with friends and co-workers about the hunger epidemic and organize local events to help those in need. Visit feedingamerica.org and hungeractioncenter.org to learn more about how you can donate, volunteer or become an advocate.
Launched in 1995, Plant A Row is a nationwide public service program sponsored by the Garden Writers Association, where garden writers encourage their readers/listeners to plant an extra row of produce every year and donate the surplus food to local organizations in need. With over 80 million households in the country with a yard or garden in America, if every gardener would plant an extra row, it would make a significant difference to food banks, soup kitchens and service organizations to help feed the hungry.
It doesn't take much room to start a fruit and vegetable garden, and you'd be surprised how much food you can produce. Young children can even help out with gardening and it's a great way to teach them about helping those who are less fortunate.
With a little time and effort, all of us can contribute to hunger relief organizations in our own communities as we strive to stop hunger across the United States.