Students and youth who participate in volunteer services are more likely to have a more positive physical, psychological, and academic well-being.
Whether you are a teenager who would like to have better quality food for lunch or a college or graduate student concerned about food security issues, you can take concrete action to improve access to healthy food in your school and community! Student and youth volunteers of all ages and stages can make valuable contributions as both volunteers and advocates. Because hunger prevention is so important to your physical and mental development, and because so many hunger programs are geared towards reducing hunger among children and young adults, your presence and active participation in hunger programs helps address your needs.
If you are a student who would like to do more to fight hunger in your community, there are a number of different ways you can not only make your volunteer service more effective, but also develop important leadership skills. These skills will not only help reduce hunger in your community, but also help you stand out to colleges, universities, and potential employers as well as enable you to enact real change in both your school and your community.
School-aged students can help by creating, supporting, and attending programs such as school lunch, school breakfast, school farms or gardens, and the Summer Food Service Program. You can increase awareness of hunger programs in your school and community, conduct outreach on nutrition assistance programs, and/or advocate for better policies at your school.
College students offer additional skills that can be useful as a volunteer. Students at universities can contribute to research, outreach and legislative advocacy through volunteer programs and/or internships.