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10 Things You Can Do to Help the Hungry


Katie Lee Joel, left, hands fresh produce to West Harlem resident Dorothy White, right, at the Food Bank For New York City's Community Kitchen.
Katie Lee Joel, left, hands fresh produce to West Harlem resident Dorothy White, right, at the Food Bank For New York City's Community Kitchen.
PRNewsFoto/The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Stuart Ramson

According to census statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for 2008, 49 million Americans struggled to put food on the table. Although two-thirds managed to find help through government programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or from local or regional soup kitchens, one-third went to bed hungry. Of those, more than half a million were households with children.

In a tight economy, everyone suffers. Because people are making less and worrying more, they give less. At a time when more people need help, many local and regional philanthropic resources are scrambling. Every contribution helps, and there are lots of ways to make a difference. These 10 suggestions will feed hungry children and families either directly or through small changes that help conserve resources or use them more productively.


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