10 Reasons to Join in Hunger Action Week March 19-24
You should sign up for Hunger Action Week because…
9. “Sesame Street” is talking about it! The show introduced “Lily” in a recent special—a 7-year-old Muppet who is food-insecure and shows how community gardens and the kindness of neighbors can help.
8. We are all excited about “The Hunger Games” movie coming out soon, but hunger doesn’t only happen in the Games: 1 in 5 kids in the U.S. is at risk of experiencing hunger right now.
7. It’s a great excuse to have a dinner party! And you don’t need to make it fancy. We’ve developed a toolkit with simple meal suggestions and conversation starters to spark informal discussion about hunger and food systems. Remember to share your dinner-table discussions on Facebook and Twitter (@UnitedWayKC, #hungerfreekc)!
6. You want a challenge. The Hunger Challenge tasks participants with limiting their daily food budget to only $7 per day—the maximum food stamp allowance for a single person. The Challenge is an exercise in empathy to see how tough it can be to rely solely on food stamps … and how much tougher it could be without them. even
5. You are addicted to Facebook, Twitter and blogging, and you now have an excellent reason to do all three. Follow us and then share Hunger Action Week through your own Facebook Twitter and blog—it will earn you good karma.
4. You can help food banks meet the overwhelming need. Seattle food banks have seen a 31 percent decline in donations but a 30 percent increase in hungry clients. Find your local food bank here; contact them to see what they need; organize a small food drive in your home, neighborhood or community group; and deliver the goods!
3. You want to be a part of the solution. We know there are more than 250,000 people in King County who are food insecure, but we need to know more in order to make an impact. Volunteer for just one day to help us with our Food Security Count—a survey effort in the Rainier Valley.
2. You love food—I mean, who doesn’t? You can share your passion for good, healthy food by donating time or money to ensure that no kids in King County are hungry this summer, when school’s out.
1. You have a voice, and you want it to be heard. The main focus of Hunger Action Week is for everyone to join the conversation about food—where our food comes from, who has food and who doesn’t, and how hunger is related to all of the other aspects of our food system, from the farm to your dinner table.
We want YOU to stand with us as we shine a light on the issue of hunger. We want to hear your voice.