In 2009, nearly 1 million children simply didn’t get enough to eat in the United States. It’s a startling statistic but one that we can change, and you can help. Today, USDA launched a series of new online tools and volunteer initiatives to increase the number of individuals, organizations, and governments actively working to end childhood hunger.
These tools will help you to get involved and become a champion to end hunger in your community! We can end hunger if we all work together. Whether you represent a non-profit, faith-based organization, state or local government, school, private company, or you’re an interested and passionate member of the public, it’s time to get involved and take action.
By visiting www.fns.usda.gov/ech, you can access the initiatives listed below, make a commitment to end childhood hunger, and join a network of people doing the same all across the country.
- Stakeholder Guide to Ending Childhood Hunger,a guide to assist individuals and organizations in choosing value-added activities and finding resources to help end childhood hunger. This guide will help you find ideas about how to take action right away. There’s a different guide for all types of stakeholders, and something there for everyone to do their part to end hunger!
- Become a Champion to End Hunger,an online commitment drive that encourages organizations and the individuals to select actions they will take to reduce childhood hunger. Join the growing community of people making a commitment to strengthen and improve the health of every community across the nation!
- End Hunger Volunteerism Portal (www.serve.gov/help-end-hunger), a website developed by the federal government’s Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) where organizations can post volunteer opportunities and individuals can search for volunteer opportunities in their communities. Sign up today and be a champion against hunger!
While you’re browsing www.fns.usda.gov/ech, take a look at our Ending Childhood Hunger Widget and add it to your facebook page, blog or website. It has a counter that updates in real time as more people make a commitment.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was right when he said, “Hunger is a problem that the American sense of fairness should not tolerate and American ingenuity can overcome.”
Individuals, children and families experiencing and at risk for hunger across the nation are counting on us. So visit www.fns.usda.gov/ech today, make a commitment, and keep the momentum growing by asking your friends, family, and colleagues to make a commitment too!
Duke Storen is the Director of Strategic Initiatives, Partnerships, and Outreach for Food and Nutrition Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.