Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

The Stowe Center is a 21st-century museum and program center using Stowe's story to inspire social justice and positive change.

The Salons at Stowe programs are a forum to connect the challenging issues (race, gender and class) that impelled Stowe to write and act with the contemporary face of those same issues. The Salon format is based on a robust level of audience participation, with the explicit goal of promoting civic engagement. Recent topics included: Teaching Acceptance; Is Prison the New Slavery; Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North; Creativity and Change; Race, Gender and Politics Today; How to be an Advocate

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

This Thanksgiving, help end childhood hunger

Earlier this year, we blogged about Youth Service America (YSA), an organization which "improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in substantive roles" and is celebrating 25 years of youth changing the world. This Thanksgiving, they're as active as ever around issues of childhood hunger and homelessness.

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:

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!

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