U.S. culture (week 35): Feeding America

HTP is committed to maintaining a strong cultural component of it J-1 Program and regularly publishes topics related to U.S. culture. This week, HTP Program Manager Kira Udo discusses the important topic of giving and highlights  Feeding America.

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Feeding America is a US based non-profit organization that consists of a “nationwide network of more than 200 food banks and food rescue organizations.” According to Wikipedia, Feeding America, “supports approximately 50,000 local charitable agencies operating more than 90,000 programs including pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs, and Kids Cafes.”

As mentioned in Week 23 volunteering is an American Tradition and there are many benefits to it.

In 2011 Feeding America reported a 97% Charitable Commitment Rating. That means that 97% of what is donated is given back to the programs they work with. That’s amazing!

And there are so many ways to donate. You can visit their website and “give a gift” of food, there are local food banks and food drives, you can donate money directly, you can donate stocks and mutual fund shares, and can even ask to have it taken out of your paycheck. As a J1 in the U.S. you could do something as simple as donating your left over food at the end of your program; every little bit helps!

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FeedingAmericaHopeFront      What Giving or Volunteering programs exist in your home country?

Do many people participate in Giving programs?

How have you experienced Giving or Volunteering programs here in the U.S.?

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