Calling All Kids – You Can Change The World

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Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is calling on all kids to end hunger. They can do it. Many of them already are. Working together or on their own, kids are helping to end hunger in southwestern Pennsylvania. So Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is calling on all kids to join the Kids’ Campaign to End Hunger and help get the job done once and for all. And there’s a Web site that will help:  www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/kids.

Last summer, seven year old Jacob asked adults he knew to donate money for each hit he got in his last three Little League games. Then he called the Food Bank, created his very own “big check,” and presented the Food Bank his collection of more than $200.

Each year more than 6,000 Boy Scouts help the Food Bank raise tens of thousands of pounds of food in April during their Scouting for Food Drive. And several hundred Girl Scouts give out shopping lists and collect food in the fall during Giant Eagle’s Fall FoodShare Food Drive.

Fabiana decided other people needed food more than she needed birthday presents, and asked her 10th birthday party attendees to bring donations for the Food Bank instead. She raised $80. Isabella’s birthday party raised $400 and more than 100 pounds of food because all her friends thought bringing donations instead of presents was a great idea!

The Youth Group at Rodef Shalom Congregation volunteers for the Food Bank’s Empty Bowls event. They bake for the bake sale, create centerpieces of canned food, help run the parking detail, and staff the soup-to-go table. Meanwhile, dozens of middle and high school students make bowls for Empty Bowls, or decorate lunchboxes for Hunger Awareness Day.

The new Web site www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/kids is a work in progress, but already there is information and downloadable materials to help kids have a food drive or a “party with a purpose,” plus other ideas. There is also a page for adult leaders of kid groups – scouts, school classes, clubs, parents – with downloadable invitations, activity pages and more. And everyone will be able to let us know about your event or activity, and we’ll post your pictures and your story.

The Kids Campaign to End Hunger wants to let kids now that they CAN make a difference, and that difference is important. In a world of complicated problems, sometimes all it takes is a kid with an idea to start a movement, a kid who hasn’t yet learned that “nothing can be done” about complicated problems. Calling all kids: step up to the plate. Donate. Volunteer. Speak Out.  Join the Kids Campaign to End Hunger. Visit www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/kids and find out what you can do.

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