By: Selina Mohr
While forced isolation is something none of us want, it’s important to remember how privileged we are to have food, shelter, and an internet connection! It’s a privilege so many people across the globe don’t have. At the same time, this is a scary and uncertain moment for all of us and it’s normal to feel anxious or stressed.
Maggie Q is a huge proponent of taking action and doing good as a form of self-care: Helping others always helps ourselves. To that end, Maggie wants to shed light on all the children and families who aren’t getting the food they need during this pandemic.
There are over 30 million hungry American children—that’s 1 in 7 kids—who rely on free and low-cost meals at school for their daily meals. Worldwide, more than 1 billion kids are out of school right now. Simply put, no school means no food.
Below is a list of organizations that are feeding families and kids during this crisis. If you’re able, please donate (your time, talents or resources). And learn more about the people who are working hard to make the world a little kinder and safer, especially now.
Save the Children has been around for over 100 years. They are the first responders for children in crisis across the globe.They’re currently using donations to purchase supplies, goods and provide protection to help those facing COVID-19.
Created by Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams in partnership with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry, Save with Stories provides education to kids and parents alike during this time. All donations go to Save the Children and No Kid Hungry to help support schools and community programs.
Gen Youth Now specializes in bringing aid to school communities. Right now they are providing grants up to $3,000 per school to provide resources for meal distribution for students during COVID-19.
Feeding America works with different vendors (farmers, retailers, etc…) to get nourishing food to people in need. They partner with charities and organizations to create diverse food banks in different communities.
Blessings in a Backpack focuses on working with local schools and food organizations to get nourishment to kids during COVID-19. As little as $4 helps provide a Blessings bag of food to a child in need.
United Way has launched a global COVID-19 fund. They pair resources with those in need, to help create localized responses to help support different communities.