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December 16, 2018

55 things you can do to fight hunger in America

November 29, 2018

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{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/VexHSL-nDjvscTiR8pQ0HpFUJvM=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/UZEDR3UV5ZD4BLVBBRYP6AHLQ4.jpg", caption: "Use free online coupons from sites such as Coupons.com<\/a> to purchase a surplus of goods, and donate the extra to your local food pantry. This way, when you score a deal on multiple cans of soup, you\u2019ll be helping to feed those who really need it. (Dreamstime)", credit: "(Dreamstime)", authorsHtml: "By Dreamstime ", sourceId: "109785243", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Be an Extreme Coupon-er", },

{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/gIpz_JtZPwdMiuOd2ULJwxibGfs=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/HGS3WSCSLZDBHNC4BHKIW6NQS4.jpg", caption: "The Hunger Site <\/a>is an activism website that sells fair trade items, including seasonal home d\u00E9cor and everyday goods, to benefit participating charities like Food Recovery Network, Millennium Promise, and Mercy Corps. Proceeds are split between the organizations and go toward fighting hunger in the United States, as well as in more than 74 countries around the world. Between 3 percent and 50 percent<\/a> of the retail price of every item bought on The Hunger Site store will be given to their charity partners. (Dreamstime)", credit: "(Dreamstime)", authorsHtml: "By Dreamstime ", sourceId: "109785244", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Buy Fair Trade Items", },

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{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/vCVx2Vmc3UrNkanBRxJIrQWJNDc=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/AWZUHO3BAFA7NHX43T6JK4QYKY.jpg", caption: "Mazon<\/a>, which means \u201Cfood\u201D or \u201Csustenance\u201D in Hebrew, is a national Jewish organization dedicated exclusively to fighting hunger. Include Mazon\u2019s ideals in your celebrations, be they weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, anniversaries, or birthdays, by integrating Mazon's donation request forms into your party or by donating a percentage of the cost of the celebration to the organization. (istockphoto.com)", credit: "(istockphoto.com)", authorsHtml: "By istockphoto.com ", sourceId: "109785248", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Collect Money at Your Party", },

{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/txf5z0WC6w00J-Wu0z55eNV0OAg=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/TNGBLEZVIFEQREDKOHUZTJYS4Q.jpg", caption: "Canstuction<\/a> is a charity that holds annual competitions in which participants design and build giant structures made of canned foods. All of the canned foods used in the competitions are then donated to local food banks and hunger relief organizations. (Flickr<\/a>\/5chw4r7z\/CC BY-SA 4.0<\/a>) ", credit: "", authorsHtml: "", sourceId: "109785249", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Create Art With Canned Food", },

{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/4VGbY91ttSr0B10p6Ncj60nukQY=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/FOBTLUOUXBAGFIKEOHMWDVOJZA.jpg", caption: "To get some perspective and spread awareness, attend or take a friend to an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet<\/a>. Guests randomly draw tickets that assign them to tables of different income levels based on statistics about the number of people living in poverty. Depending on where you sit, you'll receive anything ranging from a full dinner to a sparse portion of rice and water to share. An average of 600 Oxfam Hunger Banquets are held every year in cities across the U.S. Visit oxfamamerica.org<\/a> to find a hunger banquet near you. (istockphoto.com)", credit: "(istockphoto.com)", authorsHtml: "By istockphoto.com ", sourceId: "109785251", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Dine in Someone Else's Shoes", },

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{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/VwIXWA1GgfMiTG1wzwqJhF_KgDI=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/4LSUBMQLDBCC3KBBWWX52TQ5PU.jpg", caption: "Make a donation to Drive to End Hunger<\/a> to assist low-income seniors affected by hunger. With the help of NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick of Hendrick Motorsports, four-time Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon, and NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne, the AARP Foundation has donated more than 37 million meals, helping the issue of food insecurity among older adults. (Dreamstime)", credit: "(Dreamstime)", authorsHtml: "By Dreamstime ", sourceId: "109785255", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Drive to End Hunger", },

{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/Q_pqmZqVwvoTSfJoPy78uWeXS0A=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/QCQQXOAEPJASLD2XMS34KTBN4A.jpg", caption: "Every day, pounds upon pounds of grain are used to feed animals in factory farms. It takes about 16 pounds of grain to produce one pound of edible meat. The grain that is fed to farm animals could instead be donated to help feed the world\u2019s hungry, and there would be plenty left over. To learn more, read Francis Moore Lapp\u00E9\u2019s fascinating book, \"Diet for a Small Planet<\/a>.\" (istockphoto.com)", credit: "(istockphoto.com)", authorsHtml: "By istockphoto.com ", sourceId: "109785256", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Eat Less Meat", },

{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/rzt17T8pFJhm4YszkRWixy9E3t0=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/FRU5UT3CNZFLPGBSFZKP6LOC74.jpg", caption: "With education comes the power to change. Visit Rise Against Hunger<\/a> to learn hunger facts, read inspirational quotes, and find a detailed reading list full of books and websites, for people of all different ages, to learn more about hunger. (Dreamstime)", credit: "(Dreamstime)", authorsHtml: "By Dreamstime ", sourceId: "109785257", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Educate Yourself", },

{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/2WTbpZdDGCKDs-tQCS7t_WrUjyw=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/HPGADFLNF5G37GKMNWORBNYPD4.jpg", caption: "By donating to The Hunger Coalition<\/a>, you can help feed undernourished babies. The Infant Formula Initiative<\/a> began in 2005 to help mothers who were not able to provide their newborns with enough to eat. The Hunger Coalition has distributed the equivalent of 24,990 bottles of infant formula to babies in need. (istockphoto.com)", credit: "(istockphoto.com)", authorsHtml: "By istockphoto.com ", sourceId: "109785258", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Feed Infants", },

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{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/6F65noOXxe9DNM1a8-wGEQGkrjo=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/EC57VGQNWNEVBKGAJXHNX3RZU4.jpg", caption: "Move for Hunger<\/a> takes the hassle out of the moving process and takes care of all the nonperishable food you might otherwise throw away. Its team of dedicated movers will pick up your unopened, nonperishable foods during your moving process and deliver them to a local food bank. The organization works with more than 1,00 moving companies in North America. (istockphoto.com)", credit: "(istockphoto.com)", authorsHtml: "By istockphoto.com ", sourceId: "109785260", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Get Moving", },

{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/zCq_cC76QBoGxMIqkCULCx-fB5I=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/F66BEZESKZELZEUMWBJZVOKVTI.jpg", caption: "A lot of us spend far too much time on Pinterest<\/a> already, so let\u2019s make a difference while we pin. Share ideas with others and create your own movement to fight hunger. Pin to boards about events in your city, share an inspiring story, or share videos of hunger fighters. (Dreamstime)", credit: "(Dreamstime)", authorsHtml: "By Dreamstime ", sourceId: "109785263", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Get on Pinterest", },

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{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/iq-zouu_D0UyAUGZqLX8TB9Bn3M=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/YG4VSOKDDNGP3KGI53RETXU4FA.jpg", caption: "Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry<\/a> brings fresh meat and vegetables to the needy. Those who are living without food security often don\u2019t eat fresh meat because it's too expensive, but FHFH is looking to change that. All meats (game that\u2019s hunted by volunteers) and vegetables harvested by this organization are donated to soup kitchens and local aids. (Dreamstime)", credit: "(Dreamstime)", authorsHtml: "By Dreamstime ", sourceId: "109785266", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Go Hunting", },

{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/ksMEAG-9YHl5uzVyMIdGkSI7JLQ=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/KOLRFCQYY5GMVLBUHMKNY5IYNM.jpg", caption: "Grocery stores in the New York City area are making a tremendous impact by encouraging shoppers to donate to local food banks<\/a> at the most opportune moment: when their wallet is out. While checking out at participating grocery stores, shoppers may select a donation coupon in $1, $3, or $5 denominations, and the cashier will scan the coupon along with the groceries. The tax-deductible donation will be added to your bill and will appear on your receipt. Click here<\/a> to find participating stores. (Dreamstime)", credit: "(Dreamstime)", authorsHtml: "By Dreamstime ", sourceId: "109785267", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Go to the Grocery Store", },

{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/__tk5XAKGmu6uLUcqsk4wJsa3rE=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/642TUIPXHJBHXI2JV2R45JCQJA.jpg", caption: "Grow food locally by getting involved in community gardening projects. Not only does this project help provide food for your neighborhood, it also teaches kids how to garden and be self-sufficient. All food grown can be given back to community members who need it or donated to local food banks. The American Community Gardening Association<\/a> can help you find a garden and get started. (istockphoto.com)", credit: "(istockphoto.com)", authorsHtml: "By istockphoto.com ", sourceId: "109785268", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Grow Your Local Garden", },

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{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/kzQHPEQDlqvoBIWJpOOoHfnvi20=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/HQUNMYN5P5A2TIXUAXDF2W4QWA.jpg", caption: "\"Nourish: Food + Community<\/a>\" is an important film that has won awards and recognition for its illustration of the role food plays in the world and how it is connected to biodiversity, climate change, public health, social justice, and our personal lives. By hosting a screening of the film, or similar films regarding food and hunger, you can help start a conversation about food and sustainability in your community. (istockphoto.com)", credit: "(istockphoto.com)", authorsHtml: "By istockphoto.com ", sourceId: "109785270", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Host a Movie Screening", },

{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/Lo9QGMu9Szwm-s8SdvreGABo99g=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/X2IYOJYALRGXDJIJD5WGIMVTQU.jpg", caption: "Many employers will match the donations that you give, which will effectively double the contribution to ending hunger. But don\u2019t just stop at your workplace: Talk to neighboring businesses and get the entire community involved in the fight. (Dreamstime)", credit: "(Dreamstime)", authorsHtml: "By Dreamstime ", sourceId: "109785271", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Involve the Employers", },

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{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/Vp-NnSaSUbdWaP6uQsKMBMSIaaM=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/T674L3VIJ5ADRLP42Q7XXQIAFU.jpg", caption: "Eating healthy on a budget is possible. Help families learn to cook and shop for healthy, affordable, delicious meals by leading a grocery store tour in your community. Share Our Strength\u2019s Cooking Matters at the Store tours<\/a> empower families by arming them with the skills to compare foods for cost and nutrition. (Dreamstime)", credit: "(Dreamstime)", authorsHtml: "By Dreamstime ", sourceId: "109785278", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Lead a Grocery Store Tour", },

{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/TEm_FDXcZ3cH1Updw_omn22f-e0=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/AAWHRW54ARGYPG3MLNULFGBN3I.jpg", caption: "As the hunger coalition wisely says, a little planning now will make a big difference for generations to come. For more information on including The Hunger Coalition in your will, visit The Hunger Coalition website<\/a>. They can help you realize your philanthropic vision and leave a legacy of wholesome food and hope for future generations. (Dreamstime)", credit: "(Dreamstime)", authorsHtml: "By Dreamstime ", sourceId: "109785279", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Leave a Gift in Your Will", },

{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/-tg26pshLNXug2gg-7RpLjP3ayo=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/S2LAIURKDRHVXFIZQRHWPWXCRE.jpg", caption: "We all need to gain experience and earn a paycheck, so why not do it while making a difference at the same time? Visit the websites of various hunger organizations to learn about career opportunities. Alliance to End Hunger\u2019s career page<\/a>is a great place to learn about jobs and internships. Their members include corporations, universities, foundations, faith-based groups, and nonprofits, to name a few. (istockphoto.com)", credit: "(istockphoto.com)", authorsHtml: "By istockphoto.com ", sourceId: "109785280", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Make It Your Career", },

{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/_NiAXcRzwsoztZ-w-YZ5a6mvKD4=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/5SJ5UJGL3ZB5DMJVOQXEXTHBUM.jpg", caption: "Rise Against Hunger<\/a> hosts meal-packing events that allow volunteers from schools, corporations, civic groups, and colleges and universities to gain hands-on experience in the fight against hunger. Volunteers work on packing meals and raising awareness. (istockphoto.com)", credit: "(istockphoto.com)", authorsHtml: "By istockphoto.com ", sourceId: "109785281", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Pack a Meal", },

{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/MwggFNRVME9cBlfZ_YQr9lFElkA=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/5DMZRPCZVRDHFPGRSVOT72USWY.jpg", caption: "Food Forward<\/a> is a volunteer-powered grassroots group based in Southern California dedicated to reconnecting to our food system and making change in urban hunger issues. They rescue fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste and donate 100 percent of the fruit to the hungry. Food Forward is always on the lookout for volunteers and neighbors with mature fruit trees and an excess fruit or vegetables. (Dreamstime)", credit: "(Dreamstime)", authorsHtml: "By Dreamstime ", sourceId: "109785282", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Pick Some Fruit", },

{ url: "https://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/dSdfnUYNd0BvssxC5dgTnQ0Zrzg=/fit-in/800x600/filters:fill(black)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/L3O3IFVZNJH5FD3SBW2EVJKELE.jpg", caption: "Connecticut Food Bank\u2019s Plant a Row for the Hungry<\/a> program enables farmers and community gardeners to plant an extra row of produce to donate to local hunger-relief efforts. Plant a Row also works with local farmers markets, farms, and orchards to collect unsold, wholesome produce for food-assistance programs. (istockphoto.com)", credit: "(istockphoto.com)", authorsHtml: "By istockphoto.com ", sourceId: "109785284", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Plant Some Produce", },

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As the holiday season arrives, most of us prepare to be overwhelmed with festive parties and family dinners. For millions of people, though, the holidays just mean more hunger. The USDA estimated that “11.8 percent (15 million) of U.S. households were food insecure at some time during 2017.” The very real and preventable existence of hunger in America — and worldwide — is something that should be on the forefront of everyone’s minds, not just during the holidays, of course, but especially now. At The Daily Meal, our motto is “All things food and drink.” It’s important that we use our platform to shine a light on all food topics, not just the pleasures of good eating and the overabundance so many of us enjoy but also the scarcity of food in so many people’s lives. Read on for action you can take to make a difference.
(Shannon Darnall, The Daily Meal)




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