Take Your Place in the Fight to End Hunger in America
Forty-two million people in the U.S.—one in six children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The population of our 50 largest cities basically equals the number of hungry Americans.
We have the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Please take your place in the fight to end hunger in America. Start by getting informed. Then learn what you can do to help solve this appalling problem.
A Place at the Table
A Place at the Table is a documentary film concerning hunger in the United States. First shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, it was released theatrically on March 1, 2013. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity.
Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscar®-winning actor Jeff Bridges.
Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides—as they have in the past—that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.
The reason people are going hungry, is not because of a shortage of food; it’s because of poverty. — Raj Patel
It’s about patriotism, really. If another country was doing this to our kids, we would be at war. — Jeff Bridges
I urge you to watch the trailer. It’s only two minutes and twenty-seven seconds of your time, and time well spent.
To learn more about this film, please visit: A Place At The Table | Take Part.
More Ways to Get Informed
- America’s dirty little secret: 42 million people are suffering from hunger
- Why does America have so many hungry kids? – CNN
- Hunger in America | Feeding America
- Child Hunger in America Statistics and Facts | No Kid Hungry
Help End Hunger in America
Help Your Local Community
- Share what you cook! Make extra of whatever it is you are cooking for yourself; or perhaps you’ll find yourself with leftovers that you will not be using. Either way, freeze the extra portions. Give these homemade frozen meals away to anyone who can use them.
- If your neighbor does not have access to transportation, he or she may be forced to pay higher prices at a local market. You can help by offering rides to the food pantry and to the supermarket.
- Help out with a soup kitchen. You may choose to serve meals, or perhaps you would rather cook a dish. Many religious organizations have outreach groups that volunteer at soup kitchens.
- Help out at a food pantry. Generally, volunteers are needed to sort and shelve the donations. Volunteers are also needed to wait on customers during the pantry’s “open” hours.
- Donate to your local food pantry. Public places such as supermarkets, libraries, and churches, often have collection boxes. Make it a habit to purchase an extra item whenever you are at the supermarket, and place it in the collection box on your way out.
- Hungerpedia: The Food Donation Connection is a resource that matches agencies-in-need with donors of food, toiletries, and other assets. Use Hungerpedia to find an agency-in-need near you. Then contact the agency to ask how you can help.
- Volunteer with Meals on Wheels. “All told, there are some 5,000 local Senior Nutrition Programs in the United States. These programs provide well over one million meals to seniors who need them each day.”
- The Abundant Table, Inc. is a volunteer-run, community-based 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization serving weekly free meals to individuals and families in need residing in the Greater Boston suburbs. Do you have a similar organization in your community? For inspiration, see The Abundant Table for further details.
- Woodbridge Homeless Outreach has been delivering basic needs to the unsheltered homeless living in the woods in the Woodbridge, VA area since 1998. Do you have a similar organization near you? See their Facbook page: Woodbridge Homeless Outreach.
- Throw your whole-hearted support behind Daniel’s Table. Alicia and David Blais are the founders of this extraordinary organization. Their goal? End hunger in Framingham, Massachusetts, the largest town in America.
Make a Nationwide Impact
Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry
Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority..
Visit their Action Center to join “Team No Kid Hungry.” Learn about these ways to help:
- Fundraise. Let your personal interests or hobbies influence your fundraising efforts. Every $10 you raise can feed a child up to 100 meals.
- Make a one-time or monthly donation.
- Hold your very own Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry. The money you raise will go directly to helping kids from low-income families get regular, healthy meals. Get started.
- When you attend one of No Kid Hungry’s famous culinary events, you’re not just in for a fabulous time; you’re helping kids in your community. Find an event near you.
- When you make breakfast part of the regular school day you can reach a lot more kids.Tell your governor to support breakfast in schools.
One of Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry‘s most successful campaigns is Cooking Matters; for 20 years, Cooking Matters has empowered families with the skills to stretch their food budgets and cook healthy meals so their children get nutritious food at home.
Feeding America ‘s stated mission is “to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.”
Visit Take Action – Feeding America to see what you can do to help:
- Make a one-time donation, or to become a monthly donor.
- Advocate to end hunger. Just like food banks, federal hunger-relief programs help people in need put food on the table. That’s why Feeding America advocates for policies that will ensure aid to hungry families.
- Let Congress know that you support programs and policies that help end hunger ›
- Volunteer your time and talents. Together, with millions of other food bank volunteers, your time makes a difference in the lives of your neighbors struggling with hunger. Help the Feeding America nationwide network get food in the hands of those who need it most. Find local volunteer opportunities near you ›