Organizing can be a good way to give back, like getting a group together to cook food for those in need.
Writer: Karla Walsh
Welcome spring and the fresh hope it brings by helping stop food insecurity. Here’s a list of ways you can make a difference for your neighbors:
Organize. At its core, organizing starts with a conversation and grows from there, says Monika Owczarski, owner of Sweet Tooth Farm in Des Moines. She suggests starting in your own neighborhood to find any hunger gaps that you can help fill. You might consider hosting a canned food drive or fresh produce drive for food banks so it can be distributed safely to the food bank network. Find one near you at iowafba.org.
Donate. From Hunger-Free Polk County to Meals From the Heartland, there are dozens of charities you can support financially—and possibly ask your employer to match. For a list of organizations, visit feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/iowa.
Advocate. The Iowa Hunger Coalition advocates for policies that work to keep Iowans fed. Sign up for email updates and action alerts, or become an individual or organizational member of the Iowa Hunger Coalition at iowahungercoalition.org/advocate/policy-priorities.
Read our full story with five ways you can help fight food insecurity here.
Iowa Stops Hunger is a Business Publications Corp. initiative to raise awareness of hunger in Iowa and inspire action to combat it.