Lions Feed the Needy
In the March issue of the LION Magazine, the Whitemouth and District Lions Club in Canada share that they’re raised more than 9,000 pounds of non-perishable food items and $13,000 for a food bank. They accomplish this feat by coupling their efforts with the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train.
But hunger is not just a holiday project. One in eight Americans rely on food pantries and the number of children served by Feeding America has increased by 50 percent since 2006, according to a study. And with 58 percent of food pantries relying solely on volunteers with no paid staff, supporting a food bank in your community is an excellent way to help families that might be struggling. Here are our tips for getting started:
- Contact a food bank in your area and see if your club can volunteer time. You can search for food banks supported by Feeding America here.
- At one meeting per month, ask Lions to bring two non-perishable food items for donation. You’ll be surprised how much a few people can donate.
- Hold a food drive during a non-traditional time of year. Those in need visit food banks throughout the year, so food drives during the spring and summer can help replenish supplies.
- Attach food donations to other projects. For example, if your club has an annual fish fry, car show or concert, publicize that you will be collecting canned goods at the event. Consider waiving entrance fees if guests bring a certain amount of non-perishable food.
We’re always looking for clubs making a difference. Let us know what your club is up to in the comments section.