How to Help Your Hungry Neighbors

In a country with an abundance of food and great wealth, it’s shocking to think that last year 41 million people struggled with hunger in the United States, including more than 12 million children. There are hungry people in every community, rich and poor. In the face of such a daunting problem, we do well to remember the words of Mother Teresa, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

With many food pantries, soup kitchens, and other sites in our community needing volunteers to “feed just one,” we encourage you to reach out and find that opportunity which best suits your skills and schedule, such as:

  • Sort food, check expiration dates, and pack food for distribution
  • Distribute food to families facing hunger
  • Maintain and harvest fresh produce grown at local farms or community gardens
  • Run a food drive at your business, organization, department, school, or civic group
  • Organize or join a meal packing event so that families and children have shelf-stable meals at the ready year-round
  • Assemble snack packs for local schools. The snacks will be used by teachers and/or school nurses when a student is in need.
  • Provide office support at food pantries in our community.
  • Urge your elected officials to protect SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), which helps put food on the table for many working families who struggle to get by (learn more here).

Even in a community as rich in resources as ours, people from all walks of life can become food insecure; many Americans are just one financial struggle away from being hungry. Visit us online at www.centralkyserves.org or call us at (270) 737-6608 to find the right volunteer opportunity for you. Whether it’s filing bags at Feeding America for children receiving support on the Backpack Program, or assisting with client intake at the Grayson County Alliance, it takes volunteers like you to help our neighbors – one meal at a time.