Support Homelessness & Hunger Awareness Week.
This week is National Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week. One in five children go hungry every single day, and on any given night more than 500,000 Americans are homeless. As we countdown to the Thanksgiving holiday, today’s #DailyRevolution is to put aside our (very legitimate) stress about talking to our 45-supporter cousins (we’ve got a post to help you with that), and dig into our cabinets and pockets to ensure that all Americans have a meal this Thanksgiving.
The stats on hunger and homelessness in America are staggering: Nearly 42 million Americans face food shortages, including 13 million children and more than 5 million seniors. Nationwide, veterans make up 23% of the homeless population, and women and families make up 37%, and are the fastest growing segment. Sadly, more families suffer from hunger and homelessness in America than in any other peer nation.
The easiest thing to do is scour your cabinets, or add a few items to your grocery list: think canned meats and beans, and staples like rice, tortillas, pasta and quinoa. Enter your zipcode on FeedingAmerica.org to find your local food bank, or be on the lookout for donation drop-off spots — they tend to pop up at this time of year, so be sure to check out churches or community centers in your neighborhood.
And if you have Friendsgiving dinners lined up, urge your crew to bring canned goods along and do a group drop-off!
If you can give a little dough, too: Organizations like Feeding America, Meals on Wheels or for you New Yorkers, City Harvest, can really stretch your contribution to serve the most people -- at City Harvest, $36 feeds 20 children for a week. Other groups like the NYC Food Bank also offer nutrition education, empowering more than 50,000 youths and adults annually to make food that will nourish them well. Currently NYC Food Bank’s goal is to provide 10 million meals this holiday season for New Yorkers facing hunger. Every $1 donated will provide 10 meals through December 31st! If you need assistance this year, the food bank also has great ways to get help.