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Karen Knapstein
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February 2, 2014

How to Help the Hungry

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Food insecurity, the lack of access to enough food for everyone in a household, affects 1 in 6 Americans. That means that someone you know is probably facing hunger on a fairly regular basis.

For many, food stamps, or SNAP benefits are a way to put food on the table. Now, however, lawmakers responsible for making funding decisions about the program are finalizing a bill that would cut that aid, which could mean less food on the table for families that rely on it. 

What’s more, according to The Food Recovery Network Director of Member Support, Sara Gassman, “40% of food produced in the U.S is tossed out.” 40%. While 1 in 6 are going hungry.

So what’s to be done? Gassman explained how her group works. “We’ve streamlined the process. It’s about students gathering, talking to partners, talking to the dining office, and then working with everyone to figure out how to coordinate a program. If you’re doing recoveries every night, you need a strong volunteer base.” That’s where you come in.

Last fall, we told you about the Stony Brook University Food Pantry, which provides free food to members of their community who need it. And while we’re not affiliated with the Channel 1 Regional Food Bank, we do know about them because of the Google alert we’ve set up. And since we’re based in New York City, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention City Harvest, a group that recovers and distributes food from restaurants around the city.

Lastly, Gassman shared a group similar to hers but that was focused on high school cafeterias, The Campus Kitchen.

On today’s show, Keith Kocinski told you about a Democracy in action class in Vermont that chose to take on the issue of hunger in the United States but creating, and sharing a cookbook designed to work with what a family is able to buy on a typical SNAP budget each week of just $30. To obtain a copy of the book, you can email one of the students featured in the piece.

Ready to get started? Click on one of the links above to start making an impact.

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9 comments on “How to Help the Hungry

  1. Dakota W

    I think this is a good idea because some kids can’t afford
    School food because the prices went up
    But having a food pantry GREAT IDEA

    Reply
  2. G Lee

    I think it is really cool that channel one is doing aprogram about that because my school had a day that we called no kid go hungry day and and eveyone was supposed to wear orange. We also had a canned food drive1 It was so cool!

    Reply
  3. molly button

    I think this is a great idea,most schools should do this because many students are hungry at school but don’t have money for food. It would be more healthier to many students,because they don’t have to worry about being hungry any more.

    Reply
  4. Kinzi

    I love food! I think this is a great idea,most schools should do this because many students are hungry at school but don’t have money for food. It would be more healthier to many students,because they don’t have to worry about being hungry any more.

    Reply
  5. Nicole Rounce

    I LOVED the story about the kids in Montpelier, VT and their activism in putting together a $30/week cookbook. Working in an impoverished area myself, many of my students were very interested in wondering how they might get a copy of the cookbook. I was able to look up the district online and share the cookbook with them. Thanks for the great tip! And way to go, Montpelier, in helping out your nationwide community!

    Mrs. Rounce
    Sunnyside High School

    Reply
  6. Carmyn

    In Girl Scoots we do this but we give the food to a church. First, we hand out bags to people and we asked them to give us food that we can donate to the church and we tell them we will pick it up on a pacific day. Then when the day comes we pick them up and drop them off at the church. the lady that helps us says that us doing this helps a lot.

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