|With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it’s been on my mind how much there is to be thankful for. I’m thankful for my family, my friends, my home and the ability to access nutritious food! However, I know that in the United States and around the world, nearly 800 million people are experiencing hunger. It’s a huge problem, one that’s gone on for many years. So how am I, we, or our generation going to make a difference in the battle against world hunger? How can one person make a difference in the realm of such a large issue? I think these questions can be addressed with one of my favorite quotes – If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito.
An issue as large as world hunger can seem daunting. I believe the first step is to care, to be interested, and to take even the tiniest of actions in a positive direction. Although I’ve always felt passionate about ending world hunger, I’ve felt stumped, like many others on how to get involved in making it happen – until now.
During the first week of November I had the privilege of traveling to Chicago, courtesy of The Kraft Heinz Company, to learn more about the collaboration between The Kraft Heinz Company Foundation and Stop Hunger Now. As one of the largest food companies in the world, Kraft Heinz has created an innovative solution to battling malnutrition around the world. Through the production and donation of micronutrient packets, the Kraft Heinz Company Foundation has found a seamless method of delivering 19 essential vitamins and minerals to children and adults who need it most. Using these crucial micronutrient packets, meal packages have been assembled and distributed through a partnership with Stop Hunger Now, an organization dedicated to ending hunger in our lifetime.
|When I arrived in Chicago, I was introduced to seven other young women with the same goal in mind – to make a difference in the battle against the world hunger crisis. Together, we donned our ever so fashionable hairnets and spent a few hours out of our day packing meals for people across the globe. We worked as fast as we could knowing that the more meals we could pack, the more lives we could influence. Although we took our jobs seriously, we laughed and had an absolute blast.|
|The time we spent was so much fun that it hardly felt like volunteer work. At the end of our shift however, we had packed 45,000 meals for those in need. My experience with the Kraft Heinz Foundation and Stop Hunger Now left me wanting to get even more involved. Although I would like to, I unfortunately can’t attend meal packaging events every day. Instead, I’m hoping to make a difference by spreading the word about this incredible opportunity to get involved and to encourage other young people to invest themselves in being a part of the solution.
So how can you get involved? As college students and young adults, we may not always have money to donate to causes we find important. What we can donate, is time! Taking a few hours to pack meals or taking the time to encourage others to be involved is just as helpful in the battle against the world hunger crisis. Visit http://www.kraftheinzcompany.com/community-involvement.html to learn more about this cause!
|I would like to thank the Kraft Heinz Foundation for paying for my trip to Chicago to attend a meal packaging event and for introducing me to the work they are doing to help eliminate the world hunger crisis. I hope that the resources and information provided above will inspire you to participate in a meal packaging event.|