Here’s a few ideas to get you or your local community involved:
Your local cinema (and you) can help by hosting “movie night” or a series of movie nights to benefit local, regional and/or statewide food banks. With the participation of the local film commission area churches, a couple (or even several) of these events can be held regularly (admission price can be a can of food, or perhaps a grocery bag of canned goods).
Are you (or someone you know) a budding artist? Go to www.canstruction.org (yes, that first part is can); they’ll show you how to either organize, enter or attend a local or area contest where giant sculptures are created using cans of food. These artworks are then donated to hunger relief organizations.
If you’re a local grower or you know of any that have excess produce, check out www.foodpool.org or www.ampleharvest.org. You’ll be connected with local and area food pantries that will put that extra food to good use.
Are you a runner? Belong to a running club? You can sign up for Run 10 to Feed 10; it’s an 11-city series of races that’s sponsored by the Feed Foundation (a global hunger relief agency) and Women’s Health magazine. If you run 10 kilometers, the foundation will donate 10 meals to those that need it in your local community or area. For more info, visit www.run10feed10.com.
Your entire family can even help, regardless of their schedules. They (and you) can order breakfast at the Double D Diner from a virtual menu, with items ranging from a $1.89 cup of coffee to a $49.99 buffet-but you don’t actually receive an order. 90% of the proceeds are used for hunger relief. For more details, log on to www.doublediner.org.
Any of your local or area restaurants can be in the Halfsies program; patrons of involved eateries who order certain menu items can pay the full price for a half portion; a percentage of the difference will go to local and area food banks and global nonprofit partners. In addition, your local eating spot can use FlashFood, which is a mobile app that allows restaurants, hotels and caterers to indicate that they have leftover food available for donations (this idea will be tested in Phoenix, Arizona next year-the app was developed by Arizona State students).
Source: “How To Get Involved” by Joe Kita–Parade magazine, The Giving Issue-Dec. 2, 2012
Did You Know That…..
One World Café (founded by Denise Cerreta in 2003; 2013 marks the 10th anniversary!) is a place where people can pay a suggested price-they can leave more, leave less or volunteer to earn a meal.
The café has expanded into a nonprofit agency, the One World Everybody Eats Foundation, which focuses on launching similar restaurants throughout the U.S. (so far, there are nearly 30 locations.)
For a list and more info, go to www.oneworldeverybodyeatsfoundation.org.
Joshua’s Heart Foundation was started in 2007 by Joshua Williams (at age 5!) and his mother.
A main focus of the organization is a backpack program that discreetly gives food-filled packs to needy school kids. There’s now 700 volunteers and even a junior advisory board.
This past summer, Williams became the youngest-ever (at age 11!) “Champions of Change” award recipient in a ceremony from the White House.
Check out www.joshuasheart.org for more info and details.
Ron Shaich has opened a series of community cafes (started in May 2010; as of early 2013, there will be five so far).
Each one serves almost 3,500 people a week, while also providing business skills learned by volunteers and internships for those in need.
Shaich brings many of his own skills “to the table” (he’s the founder and co-CEO of Panera Bread. The Panera has partnered with Feeding America to help and support many of the latter’s food banks.)
To find out more, visit www.panerabread.com; then scroll to “Panera Cares” and click!
Source: “More Folks Who Are Fighting Hunger At Home” by Joe Kita–Parade magazine, The Giving Issue-Dec. 2, 2012