Hunger programs and food drives are based on a shared common philosophy: helping people in need. This is why individuals from your community should take part and volunteer in these programs for neighborhood relief and assistance. It is also a great way to collectively improve the quality of life within your community.
According to a survey conducted at the end of 2021, an astonishing estimate of 193 million people in the world faced acute hunger. Within two years, this number amplified with an alarming acceleration. PWFT estimated, based on data from 79 countries, that almost 345 million people are currently suffering from high levels of hunger and food insecurity in 2023.
Looking at this surge in global hunger, it is imperative to understand the significance of establishing food banks, volunteering in hunger programs, and conducting food drives. All of this starts with your own town and neighborhood. You should find out about local neighborhood relief programs in your area and donate food as well as your time for the prosperity of your community.
Here are five reasons why fortunate people should take part in food drives and hunger relief programs to get rid of food insecurity, hunger, and poverty-related crimes in your neighborhood.
- Increased Donor Pool
A small donation from many can add up to become a tremendous amount that is essential to helping the hungry. It is very important to encourage people to donate even if it’s a negligible sum in their eyes. Food Drives and hunger programs are great for this purpose. Often, connections and acquaintances are made between donors as well as the organization. This increases the donor pool helping food banks and pantries save thousands of dollars every month. When neighborhood people see their friends and colleagues donating, they are motivated to do the same thing building a sense of pride by helping people in need.
- Providing What’s Needed
Food drives rely on pantries to provide them with food items. Sometimes, food banks run out of things and as a consequence, there isn’t a sufficient amount of resources available. For instance, pantries often run out of food items like rice, wheat, and sugar. Through hunger programs, organizations can increase the amount of high-need food items such as soup, peanut butter, bread, tuna, and canned vegetables.
- Creative Hands-on Projects
As a community, it is our responsibility to educate children with empathy, care, and creativity. There is nothing more valuable than teaching a child to take a can out of a cupboard and share it with someone who needs it. This education will drive children to be more smart and creative when it comes to collecting donations and volunteering for charitable organizations and it is far better to put money in the collection plate. Youth groups can help immensely in food collection efforts and organizing stalls for food drives.
- Awareness About Poverty
All of us know that poverty is a never-ending plague. However, privileged and fortunate people in our society hardly ever acknowledge that it exists. It is very important to address this issue in front of people and create awareness about the current state of poverty in your neighborhood. It is not something to hide or shy away from. This is a problem that community members and groups should strive to solve with effective steps and hunger programs.
When people are aware of poverty, they understand the seriousness of the situation. By creating awareness, you can get more and more people to become a part of neighborhood relief and hunger prevention programs.
- Building Community
For a community to prosper, it is very important to be empathic and kind. We should try and understand each other and our problems. There might be someone in your neighborhood who is secretly suffering without you even knowing it. Make sure that people around you and in your community are eating healthy and sufficient. Help people who are going through a rough patch.
Send food over to their place every once in a while and ask about how they are doing. By caring and being compassionate, you can build a stronger community which is the key to creating a safe space with decreased crime rate and improved mental health among community residents.
At the end of the way, the state of hunger and poverty in your community is also an individual responsibility. Strake is a community connectivity app that will help you collect food donations for pantries, volunteer at hunger programs, and educate people about the significance of doing all these things.