Get Involved!


Whether you are an elected official, the leader of a faith-based organization, a teacher, a potential partner, or an individual looking to get involved with our work, this page provides information on the steps you can take to join us in the fight to end childhood hunger in New Orleans. While you can find more specific actions here, everyone can start by taking the No Kid Hungry Pledge and joining the movement to end childhood hunger in America.

I am a(n):

  • Elected Officials  
  • Chefs
  • Faith-Based and Community Organizations 
  • Potential Organizational Partners
  • Parents and/or Guardians
  • Teachers and Principals
  • Concerned Citizens/Individuals

 

Elected Officials   

Mayor Mitch Landrieu made ending childhood hunger a priority of his administration and has continued to support the work of the No Kid Hungry Campaign, but that doesn't mean we don't need your help!

We encourage you to partner with us and the Mayor.  Take a first step by contacting us today via email and designating a point of contact in your office.

 

Chefs  

Chefs have been valuable partners for Share Our Strength and the No Kid Hungry Campaign nationwide from the very beginning. One of the most important ways chefs can get involved is by volunteering their time and culinary skills to teach and assist with our Cooking Matters courses. Cooking Matters is a six week nutritional education program that meets once a week to teach families how to cook healthy meals on a low-income budget. Please contact us for more information on how to get involved. To learn more about Cooking Matters, please use the resources below:

  • To learn how Cooking Matters works and the different types of courses offered, visit: CookingMatters.org
  • In New Orleans, Second Harvest Food Bank is our lead partner administering the Cooking Matters courses locally. Please visit their website for more information.

 

Faith-Based and Community Organizations 

As members of the faith-based or a community organization, you are uniquely positioned to truly make a difference in the lives of children in your community.  As trusted leaders in your neighborhood you can provide food resources information to the families that you serve. There are members of your community who may not be taking advantage of programs for which they qualify.  Encourage local community members to sign up for nutrition programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, WIC, and free and reduced-price school meals. Please visit our Food Resources page for more information on how and where community members can access these programs.

Your organization serves a critical need in the community as a place where children can gather to learn and play in safety. As such, you may be eligible to serve as an afterschool or summer meal site.  These are vital programs that provide meals to children when school is out.  By participating, your organization would be partnered with a sponsor that would prepare and deliver meals to your site at no cost to you. The sponsoring organization is reimbursed for the cost of meals by the USDA.

  1. For the Summer Food Service Program, eligible sites include any place where children gather, including:
  • Schools, recreation centers, playgrounds, parks, churches, community centers, day camps, residential summer camps, housing projects, and migrant centers, or on Indian reservations.

To become a Summer Food Service Program site, or if you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact us. To find out more about how the program works, use the resources below:

 

2.   For the Afterschool Meals Program, eligible sites include:

  • Those operated by a school, public agency, private nonprofit organizations (ie, Boys and Girls Club or a community action agency), and certain qualifying for profit agencies;
  • Program centers in areas served by a public school where at least 50 percent of the enrolled children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals;
  • Programs must offer educational or enrichment activities (ie, tutoring, arts and crafts, life skills, etc).

Share Our Strength can help you determine whether or not your program qualifies. To become an afterschool meals site please contact us. To learn more about the program, use the resources below:

 

Potential Program Partners  

The New Orleans No Kid Hungry Campaign is always looking for additional partners as we continue to work to end childhood hunger in our city. Our current members represent organizations and groups from across the city, including government agencies, schools, non-profits, foundations, faith-based organizations, and others. Every connection we make brings us closer to reaching potentially eligible families and children.  

If your organization is interested in joining the Campaign, or would like to find out more information, please contact us.

 

Parents/Guardians   

Parents and guardians are truly on the frontlines of childhood hunger, and you can help us to make a difference in our children's lives. 

If you are looking to get connected to food resources, or if you know others who might benefit from the many nutrition programs, please visit our Food Resources page.

Encourage your child's school to adopt alternative breakfast delivery models.  Options like Grab N' Go and Breakfast in the Classroom have been shown to increase participation in the School Breakfast Program, which in turn leads to improved academic outcomes.  To learn more about what the campaign is doing to support schools throughout this process, click here.

 

Teachers/Principals   

As teachers and principals, you likely see children every day who come to school hungry, or who rely on the free or reduced-price school meals as their primary source of nutrition.  You are in a position to ensure that as many kids as possible are participating in these programs and can help us spread the word about other ways we can help students and their families. 

Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Encourage your students to arrive to school early to participate in the School Breakfast Program.
  • Talk to school administrators about adopting an alternative breakfast delivery model.  They have been shown to increase breakfast participation significantly, which has subsequently been shown to improve academic outcomes.  To learn more, please view the resources available on the No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices website.
  • Ensure that the postcards you receive regarding the summer meals program at the end of the school year get home with each of your students, and talk to parents about the availability of summer meals in your community. You can also call 2-1-1, or text NOLAFood to 877-877. Check back soon.  We'll post summer sites as they become available.

 

Concerned Citizens   

veryone in New Orleans has the ability to help our campaign, whether as a volunteer, a donor, an advocate, or in another capacity.  Once you have begun by taking the pledge, here are just a few ways you can get involved:

  • Volunteer with one of our partners.  Organizations like the Second Harvest Food Bank are always looking for volunteers.  In addition, contact us to find a summer meal site where you can serve as a volunteer.
  • Donate to Share Our Strength and the New Orleans No Kid Hungry Campaign.  Our work is not possible without the generous support of donors, and by providing a donation you can help us continue our work to end childhood hunger in New Orleans.
  • Donate materials to be used in our Cooking Matters courses. Cooking Matters is a six week nutritional education program that teaches families how to cook healthy meals on a low-income budget. Second Harvest Food Bank administers the classes in New Orleans and you can check their website to see what cooking utensils they are in need of.
  • Raise money and awareness for the No Kid Hungry Campaign by hosting a bake sale as part of the Great American Bake Sale.
  • Speak with members of your community about the issue of childhood hunger.  If you know a family is suffering, make sure they know that they can receive assistance through a variety of programs.  Simply talking to people about the issue will increase awareness and help us reach everyone who is eligible for these programs.
  • Write a letter to your local representative expressing your commitment to ending childhood hunger and encouraging them to get involved.  In today's difficult economic climate, many of these child nutrition programs may be on the chopping block, but you can help make sure your local representative knows how important these programs are.
  • Utilize social media to spread awareness about the work of the Campaign and the issue of childhood hunger. Follow us on Twitter @NoKidHungryNOLA. Like us with us on Facebook.