Together, young people learn that while some may have needs greater than others, all have the power to serve. We provide opportunities for youth ages 5 to 18 to volunteer, individually or through community organizations. Over 33% of Kids’ Food Basket volunteers are under 18! The benefits of this approach go far beyond nutritious meals.
How We Empower Youth!
Our programming guides youth to understand the challenges of hunger and equips them with the tools and skills to make change happen. Those affected by hunger are part of the solution, working side by side with others who are introduced to this injustice. In fiscal year 2016, we facilitated volunteer projects with nearly 10,000 students! A third of those were students from schools in which 70% or more of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch.
Photo: Students from West Godwin, a school we serve, pack snacks for Sack Suppers. Nearly 100 first grade students gathered to give back for during their Giving Thanks theme week.
How We Are the Next Generation of Leaders!
We believe that leadership knows no age, and have created a robust pipeline of nearly 100 student leaders representing 20 different schools on our Youth Action Board who serve as advocates for change while deepening their own sense of responsibility to the communities where they live. Students attend monthly meetings, hear from engaging and relevant speakers, and gain valuable real-word skills while serving as advocates raising friends, food and funds for Kids’ Food Basket.
Photo: Our Youth Action Board is a unique experience for high school students to raise awareness and resources for social good in our community. They utilized photos to express the change they wanted to see not only in the world but in their own communities and how they will continue to serve.
Our programming guides youth to understand the challenges of hunger and equips them with the tools and skills to make change happen. Those affected by hunger are part of the solution, working side by side with others who are introduced to this injustice.
Youth gain awareness and knowledge of childhood hunger as a social injustice. Young leaders deliver a solution and experience the satisfaction of influencing others with their words and actions. They build confidence and skills as a new generation of advocates who will stand for children and equity.
Connecting in Community
Young leaders get to know people from different neighborhoods and cultures. They work together and participate in guided dialogue that deepens their understanding of community. These young people can promote awareness of a critical issue while deepening their own sense of responsibility to the communities where they live.
Build the Habit of Giving
Youth experience the joy of selfless action. They see the benefit of service to others as their peers receive daily food and avoid the effects of hunger. These young activists experience firsthand how their work can make a difference, and peer-to-peer giving becomes an important part of their lives—and an example to others. This caring behavior is reinforced when they are surrounded by community members of all ages, backgrounds and abilities who value contributing time and treasure.
Your Community’s Children Need You
There is nothing fun about childhood hunger, but changing the world can be fun! Jump in with Kids’ Food Basket and find out how you can start making the world a better place today!