You Fought Hunger… And You Won Big!

Every year, kids and teens across the country (and around the world) prove they have the strength to take on some of the world's toughest problems. This year was no different. As part of the third Make Your Mark on Hunger campaign, generation, with the generous support of C&S Wholesale Grocers, challenged kids and teens to fight hunger through volunteer service. More than 20,000 kids and teens took action through service projects that ranged from food drives, to sporting games to gardening.

Because of their commitment to making their mark on the world, you had an incredible impact on their communities. From March 15 - April 30, these youth were able to:

  • Plant or tend 175 gardens
  • Educate 21,834 community members
  • Serve 22,142 people
  • Collect and donate 70,575 pounds of food

 

These numbers wouldn't mean a thing without the people and stories behind them. While there are so many creative volunteer projects to choose from, we've highlighted three below to showcase the amazing things youth can achieve through service!

Adult facilitator Brooke Simpson led 30 youth volunteers from Middle Schoolers Unite in Birmingham, Alabama to help organize the second annual Strike Out Hunger Food Drive with over 800 youth baseball players and their families! "The response we received both last year and this year has been overwhelming," Brooke said. "To be able to help children right here in our community is a rewarding experience for me, it's a great lesson for these kids. The youth volunteers were amazing." As a result of their efforts, the youth involved raised $1,100 and collected 2,946 food items to donate to the Hoover Helps Weekenders Backpack program!

The generationOn Kids Can Change the World Club from Sacramento, California collected food, water, napkins utensils to fill individually decorated lunch bags to donate to the homeless in their community. The Club was able to put together 114 individual lunches, which were distributed in mid-April. In addition to these lunches, the Club was able to collect enough money and food to create an additional 300 lunches in the future!

 

Teens from Northfield, NJ planted a garden at American Legion Post 295 to feed homeless veterans in transitional housing and clients of the local food bank - serving a total of 200 people! To continue their service, they are building a greenhouse, working with experimental agricultural elements including natural pesticides and are hoping to create a flower garden nearby to attract beneficial bugs - all to reach their goal of being able to grow and donate more than 2,000 pounds of food!
 
Even though the Make Your Mark on Hunger campaign is over, it's never too late (or too early) for youth to discover their passion and potential to create and implement solutions to real-world problems. As this campaign demonstrates, kids and teens have the power to improve the world and themselves through volunteer service.
 
Find more stories from Make Your Mark on Hunger at generationOn.org/hunger.