Ten Simple Ways To Help Children in 2014


If you find yourself looking at this, concluding that the problem is too big, and turning away, you aren’t alone. But just for today, don’t. Sit with it for a minute. Then know this: Hunger is a big problem both in the United States and around the world, but you can help.

The numbers are overwhelmingOne in five American households with children were unable to put adequate food on the table at times during the year. One in eight people around the world regularly do not get enough food to live an active life. These numbers represent precious human lives and millions of children who lack what they need to reach their potential.

If you find yourself looking at these numbers, concluding that the problem is too big, and turning away, you aren’t alone. But just for today, don’t. Sit with it for a minute. Then know this: Hunger is a big problem both in the United States and around the world, but you can help.

We asked our staff to suggest simple things that ordinary people could do to help, not to feel better about ourselves but to truly make life better for the people around us who are going without.

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You will also find many great ideas for schools, Girl and Boy Scout troops, churches, and more on our Special Projects page. If you need help putting a fundraising project together, we have a team standing by with experience and resources to make your project a success. Learn more and fill out the project application to get started!

We know you have some fantastic ideas, so share your ideas in the comments. Throughout this year, we will feature some of you and the ways you are making a difference every day. If you’re on Pinterest, pin your ideas to our board!

Submitted by Robin Wood
Give your time (Four hours a week would be a tithe if you work a typical full time job) to serve a local rescue mission or food bank.

Submitted by Jayme Cloninger
Leverage your skills in accounting, graphic design, business, etc., at your local community anti-hunger organization.

Submitted by Tony Forrest
Sponsor a child in a developing country through Feed the Children. If you have them, involve your own children by sending letters and pictures to the sponsored child.

Submitted by Tom Davis and Jayme Cloninger
Track your grocery and other food costs for one week. Then take the Food Stamp Challenge, living on $4/day/person for your food, and donate the money that you save that week to a local food bank. If you can’t make it on $4/day, spend more, but commit to donating the same amount you would have given otherwise plus the amount that you went over the limit.

Submitted by Tamara Johnston and Justin Shumaker
Go in with your coworkers on a purchase from the FTC gift catalog.

Submitted by Trevor Moe
Tell your member of Congress that together we can end hunger, and ask them to make a commitment to end child hunger. Call 1-800-826-3688 or find contact forms for your elected official here.

Submitted by Jayme Cloninger
Host a movie night in your workplace, faith community or school to show a documentary on hunger (e.g., A Place at the Table). Follow up with discussions and brainstorming about what your group can do together to help.

Submitted by Jayme Cloninger
We recommend (e.g., Closing the Food Gap, When Helping Hurts, A Place at the Table, and Beyond the Food Drive). What books do you recommend?

Submitted by Kristen Mills and Minna Suh
Even if you don’t normally use cash, select certain purchases to pay for with cash this year. Save all the change (or, for an extra challenge, save your singles too). You will be AMAZED at how quickly this adds up.

Submitted by Hogan Thomas
Workplace activities are fun! Participants pay a small fee that you donate to a local charity. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • sell 15-minute naps
  • host a game tournament (players pay a fee to participate)
  • allow employees to pay to take their dog to work
  • host a cook-off or bake-off (people pay to sample and vote),
  • host a Pay To Wear a Hat Day or a Wildest Tie or Most Outlandish Earring contest (entrants pay a fee)

3 thoughts on “Ten Simple Ways To Help Children in 2014

  1. Hi feed the children orgernization i am a single parent currently working as a house keeper in Saudi Arabia i am a Kenyan nationality ma deepest desire is my son who is 6years to have the good education i pray that he can get a sponser through your organization thanks Gods blessings is all i wish u guys and God will surely reward u abundantly

  2. Try becoming friends with people at the grocery store by offering to share coupons and ask for small amounts of change, I’ve done this before and a teacher thanked me over and over because I had a lot of candy coupons she needed. She gave me more than small change and I have seen these people in the grocery store since then and they have spoken to me and asked about coupons. Here’s another tip, share coupons with everyone you know, coupons they need you might not ever need, SHARING THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH! 🙂 If you know someone who smokes or drinks counsel them away from these two problems! 🙂
    I market a health product called the Valerie Health Doll & Book this doll and book help people quit smoking with the four “P’s” pray to quit smoking, use peppermint to remember things, use paste, toothpaste for fresh breath and good health, and persistence is what it takes to quit smoking. Smokers should buy Nicorette because it puts too much nicotine in people’s bodies and can cause bad behavior, smokers who buy Nicorette have been charged by policemen in Emergency Rooms for traumatizing children because they have too much nicotine in their bodies they don’t need, Nicorette defeats the purpose of quitting smoking, Nicorette works in reverse and is a marketing scam that doesn’t work, if you find a Nicorette coupon, rip it up and throw it away, this product is so bad they should have taken it off the market years ago!

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