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“Close to a billion people - one-eighth of the world's population - still live in hunger. Each year two million children die through malnutrition. This is happening at a time when doctors in Britain are warning of the spread of obesity. We are eating too much while others starve.”

— Jonathan Sacks

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“If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger.”

— Buzz Aldrin

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“If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

— Mother Teresa

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“Recent research shows that many children who do not have enough to eat wind up with diminished capacity to understand and learn. Children don't have to be starving for this to happen. Even mild undernutrition - the kind most common among poor people in America - can do it.”

— Carl Sagan

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“We know that a peaceful world cannot long exist, one-third rich and two-thirds hungry.”

— Jimmy Carter

Hunger News

Key takeaways from Biden’s conference on hunger and nutrition in America

By Ximena Bustillo On September 28. 2022 President Biden pushed for Congress to permanently extend the child tax credit, raise the minimum wage and expand nutrition assistance programs to help…
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One state declined a simple tweak to its summer meals program. Thousands of kids paid the price.

NBC News found that Missouri was the only state to not allow grab-and-go meals, resulting in up to 97% fewer kids meals being distributed than last summer in some areas.…
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Fact Sheet

  • An estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year and spend $33 billion on weight loss products because they eat more food than they need.
    Boston Medical Center
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has increased food insecurity among families with children and communities of color, who already faced hunger at much higher rates before the pandemic.
    Feeding America
  • Small farmers, herders, and fishermen produce about 70% of the global food supply, yet they are especially vulnerable to food insecurity – poverty and hunger are most acute among rural populations.
    Action Against Hunger
  • Over 1/4 of the world's undernourished people live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Almost 1 in 4 people in this region is chronically hungry.
    Do Something
  • 30% to 40% of the food supply in the U.S. is wasted, which equals more than 20 pounds of food per person per month.
    World Food Program
  • 11.3% of the world’s population is hungry. That’s roughly 805 million people who go undernourished on a daily basis, consuming less than the recommended 2,100 calories a day.
    Do Something
  • Many households that experience food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and visit their local food banks and other food programs for extra support.
    Feeding America
  • An estimated 14 million children under the age of five worldwide suffer from severe acute malnutrition, yet only 25% of acutely malnourished children have access to lifesaving treatment.
    Action Against Hunger

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Some Major Hunger Challenges in 2022...

Requires a drastic shift in first world countries over purchasing. Food that has been deemed unsatisfactory by supermarkets that is still edible is food that can be used to feed the hungry. A lot of waste that is thrown away is good that is still good.

  • Poor governance
  • Food waste
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Plastic pollution
  • Deforestation
  • Air pollution
  • Agriculture
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Ways to Take Action

Food Waste is a problem in which there is an excess of food that gets thrown away because it is not used. There are steps you can take to reduce your food waste.

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At least 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year—in fields, during transport, in storage, at restaurants, and in markets in industrialized and developed countries alike. In rich countries alone, some 222 million tons of food is wasted, which is almost as much as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa.

Here are 58 food recovery organizations that are working to meet these national and international goals and reduce food waste worldwide.

Rise Against Hunger is growing a global movement to end hunger by empowering communities, nourishing lives and responding to emergencies.

Driving Rise Against Hunger’s work is the recognition that ending hunger is more than just feeding people, which led Rise Against Hunger to focus its feeding programs in areas where it can have a real impact and expand its hunger-fighting programs beyond meal packaging and distribution.

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Upcoming Events

Join us for our next Food Drive at DEMPS PARK (FORMER GOULDS) 11350 SW 216TH ST. MIAMI, 33170 on December 8th, from 9 am to 11 am, for an incredible time making a difference in your community.

Food available for up to 500 households.

First come, first served! Click here (https://link.bestrongintl.org/widget/form/qptp8Tcw0dFjzty4uvMw) to find out how you can Volunteer and make an impact today! https://bestrongintl.org/contact-us/

Hennepin Technical College has partnered with Good in the ‘Hood! and the Food Group to provide free groceries to those in need. Groceries are distributed on a first come, first serve basis on the dates below.

The food distribution has moved to a market or choice style-model. This means guests will be able to “shop” and choose their own foods from a selection of fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, dairy, grains, shelf stable foods that are available. With this method, guests do not have to take items they already have, do not like, or cannot eat.

If you have questions, please contact [email protected]

Pickup is located outside of the Hennepin Technical College Auditorium in the entryway from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

All are welcome to drive through the Olathe Family YMCA parking lot on the first Wednesday of the month for a trunk full of food for your household. 

ust off those Santa hats and shine those menorahs, the largest charity crawl on the West Coast returns Saturday, December 17, 2022!

Join dozens of the city's best bars and restaurants and thousands of Santas, elves, and naughty reindeer at the 14th annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl  to raise money for the Westside Food Bank and help those in need for the holidays.

THE HIGHLIGHTS

- Enjoy free entry to Santa Monica best bars & restaurants hot spots with all cover charges included

- Exclusive $6-$9 food & drink deals throughout the night

- 1 Free Drink

- Priority entry into Santa's Official After Party

- 3 Routes to Choose From

- Costume prizes and raffle

HOW IT WORKS

1. Sign up online (Limited wristbands can be purchased and picked up at one of the official starting locations along each route)

2. Choose your route (Main Street, Promenade, Pier/ Ocean or VIP Route Hopper)

3. Dress in your favorite holiday attire (Prizes will be awarded for best holiday spirit. Use hashtag #SMPCSpirit to enter)

4. Bring your ticket to collect your official wristband at the designated starting location from 5-9pm

5. Download the Official Map at Check-In

6. Eat, Drink & Be Merry and Spread Holiday Cheer!

The SANTA Monica Pub Crawl has raised enough for over a half a million meals for the Westside Food Bank! Thank you for your continued support, as you are making a huge difference. Every $5 feeds 20 people in need!

PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS (subject to change)

The Victorian, Jameson's Irish Pub, Ashland Hill, Barney's Beanery, Britannia, Cabo Cantina, Cult, Harvelle's, Lanea, Santa Monica Whaler, Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar, Ye Old Kings Head, Rusty's Surf Ranch, Big Deans, Red O & More

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Sign up now, tickets will sell out! 

Sign up your team for the Santa Scavenger Challenge or Instagram Costume Contest to win hundreds in prizes!

CONTACT

For questions or to sign up to be a Westside Food Bank volunteer, SANTA Route Leader, becoming an official sponsor, please email [email protected]

Can't make the crawl? You can still make a donation to the Westside Food Bank at www.wsfb.org.

 IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS

- The SANTA Monica Pub Crawl is a community event that encourages responsible drinking by participants.  When taking part in any events that involve drinking, always keep safety first.

- Early arrival at 5pm is strongly suggested. Bars will hit capacity!  We recommend a max of 1 hour at each location.

Must be 21+ to participate. Please bring a valid photo ID.

Do Not Drink & Drive: Use Ride Share, take a cab, limo, walk or arrange a designated driver. All routes are walkable but should you decide to use transportation, hop on the BIG BLUE BUS. Purchase unlimited ride pass for $4 here. 

- Be kind and courteous to all and don't forget to tip your bartenders!

- Dress in your favorite Santa/Holiday attire so the streets of Santa Monica are filled with merry and good cheer!

- Don't have a costume? Not to fret! Santa Hats will be available at all of the starting locations for a $10 donation (while supplies last).

Thank you for your support of the Westside Food Bank.

CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO

 www.santamonicapubcrawl.com 

You will be volunteering for Memphis Dawah Association, not Mid-South Food Bank. This is a mobile pantry. Volunteers will be responsible for setting up, directing traffic, conducting intake, distributing product, and cleaning up. Please contact [email protected] for all inquiries.

You will be volunteering for Memphis Dawah Association, not Mid-South Food Bank. This is a mobile pantry. Volunteers will be responsible for setting up, directing traffic, conducting intake, distributing product, and cleaning up. Please contact [email protected] for all inquiries.

You will be volunteering for Memphis Dawah Association, not Mid-South Food Bank. This is a mobile pantry. Volunteers will be responsible for setting up, directing traffic, conducting intake, distributing product, and cleaning up. Please contact [email protected] for all inquiries.

Volunteers will help sort and/or repack food.

We need at least 30 participants for each group. If 30 people are not registered at least 48 hours prior to the event, we will have to send notification that the group has been cancelled. Please see the event link for a visual of the door. For safety reasons, volunteers will not be allowed to enter the building prior to 5 minutes before start of shift and volunteers arriving later than 5 minutes after the shift starts will be asked to reschedule. CLOSED TOE shoes are required. If you are unable to volunteer for your scheduled shift, please leave the shift via VOMO in the same manner in which you signed up. Volunteer lockers are available for personal items such as jackets, bags, etc. Any items that you do not wish to place in a locker, please leave in your vehicle. 

Volunteers will be responsible for assembling and packing food boxes. Volunteers will also be responsible for cleaning their designated work areas. Cleaning tasks will include: breaking down boxes, sweeping, picking up trash, prepping work area for next shift of volunteers.

Please see the event link for a visual of the door. For safety reasons, volunteers will not be allowed to enter the building prior to 5 minutes before start of shift and volunteers arriving later than 5 minutes before the shift starts will be asked to reschedule. CLOSED TOE shoes are required.

Multiple timeslots are available to sign up:

  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Volunteers will be responsible for assembling and packing food boxes. Volunteers will also be responsible for cleaning their designated work areas. Cleaning tasks will include: breaking down boxes, sweeping, picking up trash, prepping work area for next shift of volunteers.

Please see the event link for a visual of the door. For safety reasons, volunteers will not be allowed to enter the building prior to 5 minutes before start of shift and volunteers arriving later than 5 minutes before the shift starts will be asked to reschedule. CLOSED TOE shoes are required.

Multiple timeslots are available to sign up:

  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Volunteers will be responsible for assembling and packing food boxes. Volunteers will also be responsible for cleaning their designated work areas. Cleaning tasks will include: breaking down boxes, sweeping, picking up trash, prepping work area for next shift of volunteers.

Please see the event link for a visual of the door. For safety reasons, volunteers will not be allowed to enter the building prior to 5 minutes before start of shift and volunteers arriving later than 5 minutes before the shift starts will be asked to reschedule. CLOSED TOE shoes are required.

Multiple timeslots are available to sign up:

  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Volunteers will be responsible for assembling and packing food boxes. Volunteers will also be responsible for cleaning their designated work areas. Cleaning tasks will include: breaking down boxes, sweeping, picking up trash, prepping work area for next shift of volunteers.

Please see the event link for a visual of the door. For safety reasons, volunteers will not be allowed to enter the building prior to 5 minutes before start of shift and volunteers arriving later than 5 minutes before the shift starts will be asked to reschedule. CLOSED TOE shoes are required.

Multiple timeslots are available to sign up:

  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Volunteers will be responsible for assembling and packing food boxes. Volunteers will also be responsible for cleaning their designated work areas. Cleaning tasks will include: breaking down boxes, sweeping, picking up trash, prepping work area for next shift of volunteers.

Please see the event link for a visual of the door. For safety reasons, volunteers will not be allowed to enter the building prior to 5 minutes before start of shift and volunteers arriving later than 5 minutes before the shift starts will be asked to reschedule. CLOSED TOE shoes are required.

Multiple timeslots are available to sign up:

  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

For over 60 years, The Salvation Army has delivered Christmas meals to around 4,000 homebound seniors and disabled adults.

The elderly and housebound adults in our community have been impacted more than most as they experience even greater isolation due to the pandemic. The special touch of a fresh holiday meal and a warm greeting from our volunteers will be extra special this Christmas!

COVID-19 Measures:

  • You may be required to wear a mask or have your temperature taken in some facilities before entering.

 

(Full details are in the Volunteer Packet linked in the registration confirmation email.)

 

Notes for delivery shifts:

  • 20 meal routes (1 fresh food box, 1 dry )

  • 40 meal routes - less stops but more deliveries at those stops (4 food boxes)

  • (NOTE: Drivers - please only reserve ONE SPOT PER VEHICLE.

  • If reserving a spot for a 40 Meal Route Shift, please ensure you have space for 4 food boxes. Thank you!)

 

Thank you for sharing your Christmas Day with us! We cannot do this without you and we appreciate your generosity of time.

With this year’s H-E-B Feast of Sharing dinner back in person, H-E-B, with the help from its Mobile Kitchens, will serve traditional Texas-style meals at all its dinner locations in the state. Each event is filled with music, activities for the family and a variety of free services such as health and wellness screenings and flu vaccinations. Some gatherings even get a visit from Santa! Additionally, in select cities, H-E-B Partners (employees) and other volunteers will deliver holiday meals to homebound seniors and others who are unable to attend the event. This year, H-E-B will launch an H-E-B Feast of Sharing event in Houston, where it will hold a drive-thru meal distribution with plans to give out more than 20,000 meals.

The H-E-B Feast of Sharing is a series of festive gatherings that include more than 340,000 meals served during 34 dinners throughout Texas and Mexico. Filled with food, music, and good cheer, these free holiday feasts are open to the public and bring together family, friends and neighbors. Launched in 1989, the H-E-B Feast of Sharing gives the company an opportunity to give thanks to its loyal customers and invites everyone to our holiday dinner table. In the more than three decades H-E-B has held the celebrations, more than 375,000 volunteers have helped serve nearly four million meals.

This initiative is an important part of H-E-B’s Hunger Relief Program, which works year-round to prevent hunger. Last year, H-E-B’s Hunger Relief Program donated 34 million pounds of food to families in need. Since 1982, the year the program was founded, H-E-B has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to 5,500 non-profit organizations in Texas and Mexico.

With this year’s H-E-B Feast of Sharing dinner back in person, H-E-B, with the help from its Mobile Kitchens, will serve traditional Texas-style meals at all its dinner locations in the state. Each event is filled with music, activities for the family and a variety of free services such as health and wellness screenings and flu vaccinations. Some gatherings even get a visit from Santa! Additionally, in select cities, H-E-B Partners (employees) and other volunteers will deliver holiday meals to homebound seniors and others who are unable to attend the event. This year, H-E-B will launch an H-E-B Feast of Sharing event in Houston, where it will hold a drive-thru meal distribution with plans to give out more than 20,000 meals.

The H-E-B Feast of Sharing is a series of festive gatherings that include more than 340,000 meals served during 34 dinners throughout Texas and Mexico. Filled with food, music, and good cheer, these free holiday feasts are open to the public and bring together family, friends and neighbors. Launched in 1989, the H-E-B Feast of Sharing gives the company an opportunity to give thanks to its loyal customers and invites everyone to our holiday dinner table. In the more than three decades H-E-B has held the celebrations, more than 375,000 volunteers have helped serve nearly four million meals.

This initiative is an important part of H-E-B’s Hunger Relief Program, which works year-round to prevent hunger. Last year, H-E-B’s Hunger Relief Program donated 34 million pounds of food to families in need. Since 1982, the year the program was founded, H-E-B has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to 5,500 non-profit organizations in Texas and Mexico.

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Movies

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farms, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking.

Where to Watch: Tubi, Hulu, YouTube

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A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime, YouTube