Feed the Children Joins Calls for Local Community to “Start Your Activism @ Home”

600+ Nonprofits Will Come Together June 8 to Raise Nearly $2 Million to Support D.C, Maryland and Virginia Residents in Need

WASHINGTON D.C., – Feed the Children will join more than 600 nonprofits throughout the area June 8 for a community-wide event hosted by United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA). With 3,551 homeless students in Washington D.C., Feed the Children hopes the Do More 24 initiative will help it provide each of those children with a backpack filled with school supplies, personal care items and healthy snacks.

Do More 24’s “Start Your Activism @ Home,”, the region’s largest online giving day, will take place during the 24-hour period occurring June 8 from 12 midnight to 11:59 p.m. and is expected to raise nearly $2 million.  To mark the day, United Way NCA will be hosting a community-wide block party bringing together local groups and community organizations – from step teams to marching bands and pet adoptions – from around the region with an urgent appeal to support services for vulnerable populations.

Do More 24’s “Start Your Activism @ Home” block party will be held at the PEPCO Edison Gallery, 702 8th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Thursday, June 8 from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

”We need the community’s support as we strive to feed bodies, minds and futures.  We’re hopeful generous donors will help us reach our goal to raise $71,020,” said Rhonda Watson, director of workplace giving, Feed the Children. “This would enable us to provide each at-risk youth with their own backpack. At only $20 each, these backpacks have the potential to significantly change a child’s life.”

Residents throughout our area are more engaged than ever and are looking for ways to make a difference.  Given the potential deep budget cuts on Capitol Hill and the skyrocketing demand for services from the region’s vulnerable populations, the metro area nonprofit community is coming together to raise millions for hundreds of nonprofits ranging from animal welfare to workforce readiness, environmental causes, financial stability, education, homelessness and housing, plus many more.  Organizers are encouraging local residents to funnel their frustrations and passion over these cuts to our community by giving locally to nonprofits, who will reinvest right here in our area.

“We are asking our fellow neighbors and residents throughout the community to give back, give locally and ‘Start Your Activism @ Home’ to ensure we support each other. So many of the services provided by United Way NCA and our partner agencies are directly impacted and are on the front lines facing severe cuts,” said Kelly Brinkley, Chief Operating Officer for the United Way of the National Capital Area.

 

Do More 24 is June 8, 2017 – www.DOMORE24.org

 

About Feed the Children

Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat childhood hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education initiatives, essentials and disaster response. It operates five distribution centers located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.

In fiscal year 2017, Feed the Children distributed 79.8 million pounds of food and essentials to children and families in the U.S. Internationally, it provided nutritious food or other benefits to 1,080,000 children, empowered 291,000 parents to make better decisions for their children, and positively impacted more than 1,200 communities and schools in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.

Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.