We all have a role to play in solving hunger. In January, we celebrate National Day of Service, consequently it’s the perfect month to honor people who do their part to serve in unique ways. In my current position at Feeding America, I have the privilege of meeting and hearing from people from all over the country who are using their creativity to fight hunger.
For example, I was recently introduced to a pair of children – ages 11 and 13, who regularly head to the mall on the weekends. One brings his trumpet and the other his saxophone. They play music and ask for donations to their local food bank.
A woman in Virginia does her part by picking flowers every day and placing them at the end of her driveway. She requests that anyone who takes one makes a donation - which she in turn hands over to the food bank each month.
In South Dakota, members of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity decided to take advantage of a yearly football rivalry to raise money for their local food bank – Feeding South Dakota. On game day between University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University members of Lambda Chi Alpha in both universities ran 137 miles between competing campuses to raise funds. As a result, they ended up contributing $3,000 to people facing hunger in their community.
These examples are just a few of the numerous ways people are working to get more food to more people in need across America. Hunger is solvable, and I’m confident that if we all work together we can live in a nation where no one goes to bed hungry. Do your part. You can start by finding your local food bank. If you’re already engaged in fighting hunger creatively, we would love to hear about it. Share your story with us – and help inspire others to action. Big or small – any act of service and generosity is important and can make a big difference to those in need.Tags: Innovative Solutions to Hunger , Take Action