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While many people travel abroad to help those who are hungry or sick, there are many hungry Americans just down the street in the neighborhoods and communities that are all around us in the United States. In New York City alone, it’s estimated that over 60,000 people are homeless and suffer from a lack of food. This statistic doesn't include the thousands more who live below the poverty line and consistently struggle to put food on the table. If you’re looking to get involved in your neighborhood to help those who are in need, here are a few organizations and programs where you can volunteer, donate, or meet with to help the hungry in NYC. A big thank you to Imperial Movers for their contributions to this post. These Manhattan movers are passionate about making New York City a better place to live by serving the community with excellent moving services and volunteering in their spare time.

The Relief Bus

Operating exclusively on a volunteer basis, The Relief Bus was started by Richard Galloway in 1989. Each day, the bus parks in several locations throughout the city and welcomes anyone who wants to come and help out. At each spot, volunteers will hand out soup, cake, water, and toiletries to those in need, and offer haircuts and counseling sessions as well. If you don’t have time to volunteer where the bus is scheduled to park, you can help aid the program by donating to the cause.

The Family Center

The Family Center addresses the issue of hunger in NYC by assisting those who’ve been through a medical crisis and have significant financial difficulties. When lower income families experience substantial injuries and accumulate large medical bills, it can be hard to pay for everyday items such as groceries. The Family Center helps in this area by providing medical resources, family support services, financial aid, and counseling for those in need. Volunteers can be a part of the center’s buddy program, leadership council, corporate events, or toy and holiday drives. [caption id="attachment_68" align="aligncenter" width="980"]Volunteering at an organization can help fight hunger in your neighborhood in NYC. Volunteering at an organization can help fight hunger in your neighborhood in NYC.[/caption]

Coalition for the Homeless

The Coalition for the Homeless is one of the country's oldest and most respected groups helping the needy in NYC. Not only does the program help feed and clothe the city’s homeless population, but it also provides jobs for people who need them as well. With the program’s aid, homeless individuals can earn a decent wage, have a place to stay, and receive regular meals while they get back on their feet. And for those who are interested in volunteering, get ready for an eye-opening experience in feeding and supporting those on the streets.

Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing

If you or one of your loved ones have ever been homeless, you may want to consider volunteering at the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing. This organization helps to partner a homeless family with a volunteer who has gone through the same struggle to encourage and empower those who have fallen on hard times. With resources and community support, the program aims to pull others out of poverty with the help of those who have been in similar situations. And with mentorships, internships, or advocacy events, the organization has many different ways that you can help your NYC community. Read more...

TAGS: Help the Hungry NYC, Homeless Programs NYC, Volunteer New York City


The United States of America might be the richest country in the world but surprisingly, it is still filled with citizens who struggle to make ends meet. Millions of Americans live below the poverty line, and their lack of funds makes it difficult to afford basic living necessities, such as food. In fact, one out of every six people in the country regularly doesn’t get enough to eat. Over 42-million people live in households where there’s not enough food available. The most alarming part of these hunger statistics is that out of all of these people, 13-million of them are children. The main reason for this is that the vast majority of them are being raised by single mothers who have a hard time paying for food, bills, and childcare on just one income. Some of the children are also in households where their parents often have to go hungry so that their children can eat. [caption id="attachment_57" align="aligncenter" width="980"]Many children in the United States don't have enough food to eat and are effected by hunger. Many children in the United States don't have enough food to eat and are effected by hunger.[/caption] But young people are not the only ones being affected by hunger. Nearly 10-million senior citizens that are over the age of 65-years old go hungry as well. This is often because they want to hide their struggle to make ends meet and use the little resources that they have on others. Luckily, there are several ways to help those who are struggling with hunger. If you’re looking to get involved in your community and make a difference in the lives of others, here are a few things that you can do.

Donate Non-perishables

Not all Americans who struggle with hunger receive help from government food assistance programs, and those who do qualify receive might only receive a few dollars worth of food per month. Because of this, an increasing number of people are turning to food banks to help feed their families. Food banks rely heavily on public donations, and by contributing non-perishables to a food bank in your neighborhood or district, you can help provide for those in need. [caption id="attachment_58" align="aligncenter" width="980"]Consider donating your time and resources to your local food bank. Consider donating your time and resources to your local food bank.[/caption]

Donate Funding

To ensure that there’s enough food for the needy, food banks often have to purchase extra non-perishables from major food bank distributors. Since these items aren’t free, they depend on donations from the community to help cover the costs, especially during the summer months when there are less canned items that are donated. More people contribute to food banks during the holidays than during the rest of the year. To help out during the spring and summer seasons, consider donating money to your local food bank for supplies.

Donate Time

Food banks are always in need of volunteers to sort and distribute food. If you have a few hours in your schedule that you can spare, try volunteering at your neighborhood food bank. If your schedule is too hectic to volunteer, you can still help out by collecting canned goods at your workplace or business to drop off. Simply set up a box in your workplace with a sign taped to it explaining what the collection is for. Then, drop off the items at your local food bank. Together we can make a difference fighting hunger! Read more...

TAGS: Fight US Hunger, Hunger Facts, U.S. Hunger Statistics