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#Fighthunger Like A #FarmerFoodHero

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Recently, we wrote a post thanking the farmers and food producers, like former NFL player Jason Smith and Tyson Foods, who help provide food for others during this holiday season.

Not everyone can farm or help to produce food, but there are ways that you can become a food hero in your community. Here are 3 ways to help you and your family #fighthunger like a #FarmerFoodHero this holiday season.

Get involved in your local or state food pantry

There are dozens of local nonprofits or food pantries throughout North Carolina, and many of them partner with organizations to raise food. The Food Bank of Eastern NC serves 34 North Carolinian counties and has lots of great events to promote food security and get professionals, seniors, families, and college students involved in fighting hunger in their communities.

Combat shame in school cafeterias

If you’re like me, when you were growing up your probably saw “cheese sandwich kids” in the cafeteria—kids whose families couldn’t afford to pay for a lunch plan and were therefore only allowed to eat a cheese sandwich for lunch. Not only did this mark them for teasing, it was not a very balanced meal.

The good news is that programs to help feed kids are becoming more common. BackPack Buddies in the Triangle helps to provide healthy weekend meals during the school year, and many schools throughout North Carolina have special before and after school meal programs.

Even if your kids’ school doesn’t have a food program, you still have options. You can set up a fundraiser with your school’s PTA to raise money for kids’ lunch accounts, or you can give healthy snacks to teachers so that they can discreetly share with kids who are hungry throughout the day.

Share on social media

Sometimes the biggest challenge to solving a problem is making the problem known. If you are well fed and have enough money to easily purchase food for your family at the grocery store, you may not think of yourself as a possible food hero.

But if your friends, neighbors, family members, and co-workers are talking about donating food, volunteering at the food bank, or giving healthy snacks to teachers at their kids’ schools, becoming food hero doesn’t seem like such a far-off goal—it becomes part of your life and a call to action!

What are you doing to #Fighthunger like a #FarmerFoodHero this holiday season? Do you volunteer at a food bank or help feed your community in other ways? Share your stories with Feed the Dialogue NC on our Twitter and Facebook pages!

 

 

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