Simple Ways to Help Fight Food Insecurity for Kids & Orphans

In 2019, I saw his tiny face for the first time and then on June 10th, 2019 they placed my son in my arms. At 25 months old, he weighed 19 lbs, he felt small and frail as I held him close. It didn’t take us long to realize the toll malnutrition had taken on his body and cognition.

Sadly, our son was just one of 15.1 million orphans in the world (source). The statistics are staggering. A child becomes an orphan every 18 seconds and nearly 400,000 orphans starve to death every single year. 69 Million children globally suffer from malnutrition and nearly 5.3 million kids in the United States deal with food insecurity (source).

What is malnutrition and food insecurity?

Let’s start with what it’s not. It’s not the hunger pains you and I might have if we skip a meal. Food insecurity effects 1 in 9 Americans (source) and it’s the unavailability of food or inability to access food.

Malnutrition is the lack of proper nutrition caused by not having enough to eat, not eating enough of the right things or being unable to absorb the food one does eat.

So, how can you help end food insecurity for kids?

Since we brought our son home, we have seen the positive effect that good nutrition can have on a child. We wanted to do our part to help others just like him locally and globally. All kids should have access to good nutrition but currently that is not an option for so many. While it feels like too big a problem to solve for any one of us, we can each do our small part to make a difference.

Here are some simple ways for you to get involved this month as we celebrate the life of our son and honor him and the millions like him with Quincy’s Food Drive.

Find a Local Food Bank to Donate To

Find a local food bank in you area. You can click this link to find what food banks are near you. Many food banks need donations in the way of volunteer time, cash donations as well as food. How can you get involved?

Non-Perishable Food Donations

Many food banks are in desperate need of more donations due to the uptick in demand. Their most needed items include:

  • Canned meat & fish
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Soup
  • Dry Pasta
  • Cereal, Instant Oatmeal & other non-perishable breakfast items
  • 100% Fruit Juices
  • Paper Products
  • Personal Items – Toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, etc.

Financial Contributions

Food banks rely not only on food donations but financial contributions as well. Consider donating to a food bank in your area to help serve your community.

Volunteer

Food banks are generally run with a small paid staff and rely heavily on volunteers. You can signup for recurring volunteer opportunities or one time events. Check out your local food bank’s website, they have options to signup right online.

Host A Neighborhood Food Drive

Consider hosting a food drive in your neighborhood, your church or your school. Post about it in a facebook group (save the graphic below) or download the flyer below to distribute.

Then, make it simple for those that want to participate and offer a time you can swing by and pick up the donations that are left in a bag on the porch.

Better yet, invite friends and neighbors over for a meal or dessert and ask them to bring non-perishable food items to donate. Build community and give back at the same time.

Our goal is that there would be a neighborhood food drive in all 50 states! Can you help us?

Food Packaging Programs

Food packaging programs serve starving people around the world. Locally, our organization is called Meals from the Heartland. People (age 8 and over generally) can sign-up to package meals for a designated shift time (usually 2 hours). Simply google “starving children food packing programs near (your city)”.

If you are local, we would love for you to join as we pack meals on May 22nd from 9-11 am. You can sign up here. If that date doesn’t work for you, you can sign up any time here.

They are always looking for cash donations for additional supplies and shipping fees, learn more about the program that is “empowering people to save starving children” here.

Little Free Pantry Donation

If you haven’t heard of Little Free Pantry their missions is to serve your neighbor. No ID is required, they are found around cities and are open 24 hours a day/7 days a week. You can find out more information here. This is an easy way for you and your kids to serve those in your community from food you might have on hand in your own pantry.

one less end food hunger campaign

One Less Campaign T-Shirt

While, the work feels insurmountable we know what it means to make a difference in even one child’s life and one less child that’s an orphan or malnourished, is one less. We created this t-shirt to be a conversation starter when worn so you can share what one less means and how others can get involved.

All proceeds of the t-shirt purchase will go to organizations that help feed orphans and children and help solve food insecurity locally and globally. Get your t-shirt here.

Purchase Simple Purposeful Living Products

During the week of May 1-9, we will be donating 20% of all sales of products on our website & Amazon to feeding starving children in South Aftrica in partnership with Blessman International. We chose this organization because every dollar we give goes directly to feeding children in South Africa.

Shop here now. Your purchases have the power to make a difference.

Just Remember…

None of us can solve food insecurity and malnutrition in kids alone but we can each make a difference in simple, purposeful ways. Even one less who doesn’t have to face this makes a difference. How will you contribute? What other ideas do you have? Please leave them in the comments below.

Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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