How to Help End Hunger and Homelessness

This year, National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is November 16-24. So, here are some tips for how YOU can help raise awareness and end hunger and homelessness in your community!

Here at Youth Outreach, we are wearing green as well as some pins that say “Ask me why I am wearing green!!” This small yet simple action can spark the curiosity of those around you and open up the floor for conversation. You have a voice, and what a great opportunity to use it! Make a pin and wear green for these next few days. Let others know what kind of awareness we are trying to raise for this week, and also take some action and do something!

A way to take action is to be prepared for when you come across a homeless person, whether you see them standing on a street corner with a sign or you pass them as you walk or drive by. Put together a Ziploc bag with non-perishable food and toiletry items, and keep it with you in your car or while you walk around town. Here are some ideas of what to include in your bag:

1. Non-perishable food:

  • Crackers
  • Cookies
  • Chips
  • Candy
  • Juice
  • Water
  • Fruit cups

2. Toiletries:

  • Lotion
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Wipes
  • Tissues
  • Hairbrush

3. Gift cards to local fast food restaurants and grocery stores

Also, maybe you have clothes or shoes that you no longer wear and they are just sitting around in your closet. Go ahead and do a closet cleaning and bag those items up and feel free to bring them by Youth Outreach. We will find someone in need to give those items to! Or, take them to another local shelter or non-profit.  Get some friends together and have this be something that you do together. It will be fun and you will be making a difference at the same time!!

 

~Kat

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