As a food blogger, I have the power to influence people through my work. For the past three years, I have been giving my readers restaurant and recipe suggestions. I always knew I could be doing something more important with my platform.
For the next two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, I will be raising awareness about an issue close to my heart: hunger. Many of us are fortunate enough to never have to worry about where our next meal will come from. Unfortunately, 1 in 6 Americans faces food insecurity, or the “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.” (source: USDA)
Attending college in Washington, I noticed the stark contrast between the haves and have nots. The risk of hunger in our nation’s capital is double that of the national average; 1 in 3 Washingtonians don’t know where their next meal will come from. Inspired to make a difference in DC, I joined Epsilon Sigma Alpha, GW’s community service sorority, during my junior year of college. I spent many weekends volunteering with my sisters for amazing organizations such as Capital Area Food Bank, DC Central Kitchen, Thrive DC, Loaves and Fishes and Foggy Bottom Food Pantry. Whether I was preparing and serving meals to the homeless or bagging pantry staples for underprivileged families, I could see the effect of my work in DC.
Now I am calling upon you, my readers, to make an impact in YOUR city. That is why I have launched Better Than Hunger, a social campaign to raise awareness about hunger in the United States.
How you can help:
Follow Better Than Hunger on Facebook, Twitter (@BetterThanHungr) and Instagram (@BetterThanHunger) to learn more about our country’s hunger problem.
- Share the statistics, infographics and videos we post with your friends to help spread the word.
- Use #WeAreBetterThanHunger so we can keep track of all the good you are doing
Then, take action and make a pledge to help end hunger in your community. You can make a pledge by:
For every pledge YOU make, Better Than Ramen will donate $1 to Feeding America.
IMPORTANT: Don’t forget to complete your pledge by pressing the green “My pledge is complete” button on our home page.
The campaign ends Monday, November 23rd, so make your pledge ASAP!
This Thanksgiving, let’s not forget about those Americans who need our help. Thank you for your support!