Help at Home
Think hunger is only a problem in distant countries in far corners of the world? Think again. The sad reality is that one in five children in the U.S. don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Take a proactive approach to fighting hunger in your community and get involved with a local organization.
Here are a few seriously inspiring volunteer-based charities across the country whose vast impact has caught our attention.
God’s Love We Deliver: Michael Kors has been involved with God’s Love We Deliver for over 20 years and personally donated $5 million to the non-profit, New York-based charity in 2012. This incredible organization delivers nutritious meals to home-bound people with severe illnesses. God’s Love has a strong belief in ‘food as medicine’ and prides itself on an ever-expanding staff consisting of over 7,600 dedicated volunteers. www.glwd.org
The Greater Chicago Food Depository: The Greater Chicago Food Depository strives to inspire the citizens of Chicago to get involved in the fight to end hunger through neighborhood food drives and soup kitchens. This impressive organization is a local chapter of the country’s leading hunger-relief charity, also based in Chicago, Feeding America. Check out feedingamerica.org to view an interactive map of the food insecurities in the U.S. showing ways that you can get involved in your area. www.chicagosfoodbank.org
Feeding South Florida: Just last year Feeding South Florida provided over 30 million pounds of food to those in need. The organization always seems to be finding new ways to actively engage the community, from concert food drives to sponsored meals at local restaurants. Volunteers make up the core of its workforce and it welcomes anyone who’s interested. Another great way to contribute to the cause is by running in their annual March for Hunger 5K Walk/Run.
San Francisco Food Bank: Currently celebrating its 25th anniversary of service to end hunger, San Francisco Food Bank provides an extraordinary average of 30,000 households with nourishing meals every week. It is dedicated to aiding the San Francisco area through neighborhood pantries providing farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and nutrition education classes. www.sffoodbank.org