Hunger is a big problem in the United States. More than 1 in 5 kids don’t know where their next meal is coming from. You can be part of the solution by helping us raise 1 million meals to combat child hunger.
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March 18 through April 30, generationOn, the youth service enterprise of Points of Light, and its corporate partners – ConAgra Foods, Arby’s, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Hasbro, Inc.– are calling upon young people across the country to bring their ideas, creativity and passion to the table to help end child hunger with the launch of “What Will You Bring to the Table?” The goal is to gather kids and teens around tables in their communities to create service projects that and bring collective action to raise one million meals for children experiencing hunger in the United States.
Find a Participating Arby's store here.
This video was created by Lance Oppenheim who is a generationOn Youth Advisory Council Member & President of the Opp-Guide.
What Will You Bring to the Table? Ideas to Get You Started:
- Launch a letter writing campaign or rally at your table to advocate for more funding for hunger-related initiatives.
- See project idea here: Rally Around a Cause or March for Hunger.
- Use your table to hold a canned food drive. See how many items you can collect!
- See project idea here: Compete Against Hunger or You CAN Do It.
- Gather around your table to plan a community garden, then find a space and get planting!
- See project idea here: Food Share Garden.
- Host a bake sale or other fundraiser at your table to support a local food bank.
- See project idea here: Hit Hunger!
- Take time at your table to make a set of “Breakfast Boxes” for families that need help getting an important start to the day.
- See project idea here: Breakfast Boxes.
Click below for Hunger Projects for:
Kids Care Clubs (Scroll to the bottom to browse more hunger projects. Must be a registered Kids Care Club.)
Service Clubs (Must be a registered Service Club)
Everything you need to plan your project is here!
These step-by-step lesson plans were created to guide educators as they implement the What Will You Bring to the Table? service-learning experience. Like all Learning to Give lessons, they are correlated to Common Core State Standards and individual state standards.
Students draw on the image of a table to make a plan for bringing their time, talent, and treasure to the table for children who are hungry in the community. Students carry out a service-learning project that addresses the issue of child hunger in the United States.
- Set the Table (K-2)
- What Can We Do about Hunger (3-5)
- Why Are People Hungry? (6-8)
- What Will You Bring? (9-12)
For more service-learning lesson plans, search the Learning to Give lesson database by grade-level, academic area, standards, and topic of “hunger.”
Everything an educator needs to take part in this initiative is here!
Compassion Education Story:
A kid-friendly story for building compassion for and introducing the issue of hunger
A tale of unfamiliar foods and new chores.
We interviewed the authors of some of our most moving stories to learn the facts and inspiration behind their work.
Interview with DyAnne DiSalvo, author of Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen
Have you downloaded your "What Will You Bring to the Table?" toolkit yet? Get the:
- How to Build a Table Toolkit
- How to Make a Tablecloth Toolkit
- Project Planning Toolkits including:
- Media Resources & Promotional Materials
- Sample Social Media
- Educational Materials
- Suggested Projects
- Online Tools
- How to be successful from start to finish!
Get those and so many more resources at WhatWillYouBringtotheTable.org!
GenerationOn has awarded mini-grants in the amount of $250 each to support of certain ‘What Will You Bring to the Table?’ service projects. Eligible projects will bring youth to the table to conduct service activities that address the issue of child hunger in the United States.
The application period for this grant is now closed. Applicants will be notified of their award status on or around February 14th, 2013.
Please call generationOn toll free at 1-866-269-0510 or email Grants@generationOn.org with any questions.
If building a table is not feasible, you may consider asking a local hardware store to donate a picnic table or finding an existing table in your community, school or organization and creating a special tablecloth or decorating it to mark a dedicated space for this project that connects you to other participants in the What Will you Bring to the Table movement across the country.