This week we’re summarizing The First Course in our series. In the first three parts we learned about how hunger and food insecurity both stem from the same root problem but do not mean the same thing. We also looked at how poverty can create hunger and be borne from it.
So how can you personally help to alleviate these issues? While we will be discussing more in-depth during the advocacy course of our series, there are a few beginner things you can do in your own time to help with these problems.
- Volunteer at a shelter. Whether you are serving food, helping out with activities, or doing basic tasks, your time and contributions will be greatly appreciated. This is also a great way to meet people firsthand who are experiencing hunger and poverty and to hear their stories. By listening, you are empowering those in need and helping to foster more understanding of the issues at hand.
- Donate money to food banks and shelters. Donating money to food banks and shelters is a really great way to help out. Often individuals will look to donate physical items such as canned goods and bread, however, sometimes shelters receive an abundance of these items and lack in other areas such as fresh produce. By donating the money you would have spent on the goods directly to the food banks and shelters, they are then able to purchase exactly what they need and your contribution has a greater impact.
- Start a food recovery organization on your college campus. The Food Recovery Network is a national organization specifically for college campuses with resources and guidance for rescuing wasted food at your campus.
- Be mindful of the food system. Just being aware of what you pay for things such as fresh produce, healthier grains, and more and where these things come from can lead to being a much more critical thinker of the food system as a whole.
Also check out any of the links found under the “Resource Links“ tab on our website for more statistics and information about these topics and other topics relating the the food system.
Next week we will be moving on to The Second Course / Food Waste. This course of the series will focus on what food waste is, who is contributing to it and how, and what some solutions are to the problem.
written by Gabrielle Miller