Filling Food Pantries: Real and Virtual

by Sandra Foyt on November 18, 2008

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It’s a special time of year, when we think about sharing bountiful harvests (or overflowing grocery carts) with our families.

It’s also a time for sharing with those who are not as fortunate.  In 2007, even before the economic downturn,

50 Percent More US Children Went Hungry in 2007 – Some 691,000 children went hungry in America … while close to one in eight Americans struggled to feed themselves adequately.  Agriculture Department Report Associated Press, 11/18/08

This winter is going to be rough for many families who are already struggling to make ends meet, but your family can help.

Real: Volunteer At A Food Pantry With Your Children

Discover a food bank in your community through the Food Bank Locator and arrange to volunteer with your family, or a youth group.

Our Regional Food Pantry is always looking for help sorting bulk donations into packages that can be distributed to families.  In the past, we’ve sorted nectarines, frozen carrots, and diapers.  Today, our Cub Scout Bears checked medications for expiration dates.

Before you go, teach your children about hunger in America. Resources for teaching children, including lesson plans, can be found in Learning About Hunger. You can find more hands on learning activities in this Hunger 101 Girl Scout Patch Program.

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Virtual: Donate to the GNO Virtual Food Drive

It’s not too late to join the GNO Virtual Food Drive.  Donations are being accepted through November 21, 2008.

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