What started as a small non-profit organization in New Hampshire in 2011 has now amassed over 2,000 members across the U.S. And the reason is simple: the needs of 12.7 million children living in food-insecure households cannot go ignored. When children receive adequate nutrition over the weekend, teachers report the negative side-effects of food-insecurity (disruptive behavior, inability to concentrate, etc.) seemingly vanish. More specifically, when these children are properly nourished, they are achieving 50% higher reading scores, 30% higher math scores, and are also twice as likely to complete the third grade – a primary indicator that they will graduate high school. We have the power to make a difference in these children’s lives, and getting involved has never been so easy!
One of the easiest ways to make an impact is to help fund and support one of our 42 programs across the nation. Each of our programs are self-funded and vary in terms of how successful they are in soliciting donations. Therefore, when deciding which program to support, please take a moment to consider the program’s bank statements and make decisions accordingly. Every bit goes a long way.
To get started, we have listed out a few ways to donate on our website, or you can consider a few new and creative donation ideas that will help get your friends involved!
- Use the new ‘Donate Your Birthday’ option on Facebook. By doing this, your friends will get a notification not only that it’s your birthday, but that you are also accepting donations to any charity of your choice. This is a great option to show your dedication to doing good in your community, and reach your entire friend list as potential source of donations. More info on that here.
- Take advantage of the summer weather and host a neighborhood block party. This is an excellent way to bring awareness to the needs of your local school system. Ask guests if they’d be willing to donate food (that has not been opened and is still fresh) with them, or money for the event. Additionally, you can register your fundraising event online for free to help encourage donations and increase participation.
There are so many ways that you can make a difference and help eliminate food-insecurity in our children’s households. For more unique fundraising ideas, click here. If you would like to start your own program in your area, please contact us and learn how you can get involved.