Poverty is a major problem in America. In 2009, one in five children lived in poverty and one out of six Americans did not have sufficient daily food. Feeding the hungry and poor is a major goal of many nonprofit organizations and religious ministries around the country. Studying up on poverty statistics in your neighborhood or city can help you understand specific needs in the surrounding community. Feed the hungry and poor and give someone else a chance at life.
Work as a community organizer. Go door to door and ask residents about their needs. Request their input on how their family and the community at large can benefit from philanthropic organization or gestures. Find out specifically, through community interaction, what the neighborhood most requires so you can appeal -- and encourage residents to come together to find a solution -- to that specific need.
Volunteer at a community soup kitchen. Offer to make and/or serve food as your schedule permits. Bring family and friends with you to offer charitable time in feeding the hungry and poor. Ask soup kitchen leaders about food pantry needs -- especially nonperishable needs -- and provide what you can.
Organize members of your church, business or school club to host a block party or food donation drive for the impoverished. Assign roles for cooking food, providing utensils and plates and advertising the event. Create a website and hand out fliers as promotional tools. Set a date for the event and create a rain date if necessary. Communicate with the local police department and/or social services office to help spread the word and provide resources.
Work with an established charitable organization. Go online and visit the Feeding America website, for example. Scroll the cursor over the "Get Involved" link and click the "Donate" tab. Select from the menu of links -- including donating online, corporate donations and food drives -- to join forces with the organization in feeding the hungry and poor. Click on the "Volunteer" or "Advocate" links and read about more intensive means of involvement.
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