Kids: Six ideas you can do to help stop hunger.

Have you ever been so hungry at school that you thought your stomach would never stop growling? Weren't you happy to hear the lunch bell ring? Now, imagine how you would feel if you went to get your lunch bag, and it wasn't there. What would you do? Call your mom? Ask a friend to share? Go without?

Well, if you are like 1 out of every 4 kids in America, or 1 in every 6 kids in Canada, you would go without. Why? Because that is how many kids go hungry every single day. For them, hunger is a way of life. Their cupboards and refrigerators are bare more often than not. Yes, some schools offer free lunches to kids who cannot afford to buy one. And, some even provide breakfasts. However, for the vast number of kids suffering from hunger that free lunch is the only meal they will eat all day, and when the weekend comes they won't even have that meal. 

So what can you do to help? First, learn about hunger. Check out Feeding America for more information, or read Oliver's Hunger Dragon. Then, think about ways you can help. To get you started, here are six ideas that you can do to help stop hunger. Just make sure you explain in advance that all food collected is going to the foodbank.

Donate the money from one fast food meal to the foodbank

Save some of your allowance each week to donate to the foodbank. Every cent given helps feed another child.

Ask to wash the family's and the neighbor's cars for several cans of food. 

Get your class, scout, or other group involved in this one. Hold a bake sale without baking! Have everyone in your group bring the unopened ingredients they would use to make a batch of cookies, cupcakes, or a loaf of bread. Then take a field trip to the Foodbank to deliver everything you collected.

Talk to your school's librarian to see if you can host a reading night. Then enlist several of your friends to help out. Each of you will enthusiastically read a story to the group for a--you guessed it--a can of food for the foodbank.

Contact your local foodbank and ask if you can volunteer. If you can't, then make posters to help spread the word that kids are hungry.

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