When it comes to taking action on childhood hunger, YSA lists 10 Ways You Can Help End Childhood Hunger for both kids and adults:
1. Find ways to put surplus food to better use.
2. Organize food drives or fundraisers.
3. Plant or spruce up a school or community garden.
4. Volunteer at a local food bank, pantry, shelter, or community kitchen.
5. Start or support a backpack feeding program.
6. Support and raise awareness of summer feeding programs.
7. Increase use of SNAP (formerly called food stamps) and/or Free and Reduced-Price School Meals programs.
8. Help teach families about healthy eating and cooking.
9. Raise public awareness of childhood hunger in your community.
10. Advocate for policies and programs that will help end childhood hunger in your community.
The YSA blog also features three stories of interest this Thanksgiving season:
- Fighting For Food
- Picture of a school community taking action against hunger
- College NCAM Youth Ambassador Helping the Homeless
Are you a teacher or educator? Be sure to sign up to receive an advanced copy of YSA's forthcoming guide A Teacher's Guide to Engaging the Next Generation of Anti-Hunger Advocates and read Celebrating Teachers who Engage a New Generation of Anti-Hunger Leaders.
What are you doing this Thanksgiving season to take action against hunger and homelessness? Share your efforts in the "Comments" section below!