37.2 million Americans – including 11.1 million American children – struggle against hunger.
The good news is that America has the power to make itself entirely hunger free. Through our Ending Hunger through Citizen Service initiative, your organization can do even more to help make that a reality.
As you know, many Americans already pack food pantry bags or volunteer at soup kitchens, often on the holidays. But seasonal and charitable work alone can’t end U.S. hunger. That’s why we’re making it possible for your organizations to enable volunteers to make an even bigger difference through strategic anti-hunger volunteerism.
What is strategic anti-hunger volunteerism? Simply put, it mobilizes the unique talents and skills of each individual volunteer in order to take the biggest bite out of hunger. Through this web site and initiative, organizations such as yours can engage volunteers to
- Help a struggling family access SNAP (food stamp) benefits.
- Aid a small food pantry with accounting, grant writing, IT, graphic design, volunteer management, legal, or strategic planning assistance.
- Raise funds for an anti-hunger advocacy organization.
- Conduct community outreach to increase the number of hungry kids getting school breakfasts or summer meals.
- Contact your elected officials to get them to raise the minimum wage or increase funding for safety net programs.
Through such strategic volunteerism activities, your agency can help countless more people eat. . If you help a struggling family with two kids access school breakfasts, given that most schools are in session 180 days out of the year, you will have provided 360 meals to low-income kids, many of whom would have otherwise gone without breakfast. If you help just 10 families, that’s 3,600 meals going to kids who need it. Helping in the most effective way means your volunteers get the most personal satisfaction too. Not only that, they can also develop valuable professional skills, and build their resume. Satisfied volunteers become repeat volunteers.
This site will enable you to post the opportunities in your city or town, and then match up with volunteers that best match with your skills and times needed. The web site can walk you through what you need to do to find the right volunteers for you and make biggest difference you can. If you have any questions please contact us at Help@HungerVolunteer.org. Ending hunger lifts us all.