What I’ve Learned In Revolution Hunger
By Sophie Solomon
Revolution Hunger has provided me with a ton of knowledge and resources to start my hunger fighter journey. I hope that in years to come as I go off to college and beyond I can take the knowledge that I gained from my experience and raise awareness about hunger and help to fight hunger.
Fighting Hunger Through New Media
We asked Revolution Hunger’s Jessie Chen to reflect about the greatest hits of her months as a New Media Producer with Revolution Hunger. Here’s what she had to say:
Fighting Hunger with Memes
My favorite blog posts that I have done have been images. I have noticed that they receive much more recognition from viewers, while at the same time they are very quick to make. Also, in particular, I really enjoy my Gandhi posts.
Jessie Chen is the San Francisco New Media Producer for the Revolution Hunger Campaign. Jessie prides herself in working with great organizations such as buildOn, Youth Steering Committee, and the ACLU.
Hunger Fighter Interview: Megan Emme
New Media Producer Jessie Chen interviewed Revolution Hunger’s own Megan Emme about here incredible work fighting hunger. Check it out—this is what RevHunger is all about!
Should Fighting Hunger Be a Franchise Business?
The idea of a business franchise is more likely to conjure an image of a Happy Meal than a famine food ration, but what if the same system that makes McDonald’s globally omnipresent could do the same for food aid or poverty-fighting?
My friend Avery and I have been working on a project for our World Studies class. This is a video about the food crisis in West Sahel, Africa. If you have a few minutes, please watch it.
Really interesting video about the food crisis in Sahel. Get involved in ending hunger now at RevolutionHunger.org!
Fighting Hunger at the Crop Walk in San Francisco
What is hunger to you? I will tell you, hunger is not only in third world countries — Africa, as some may say. Hunger Hits Home, right there in your community. People have to decide which bill they are not paying in order for them to buy food. But, you can make a difference by spreading the word, donating money, volunteering at a local food bank, raising funds to support those struggling in your community! Become an official ‘Hunger Fighter’ with the Revolution Hunger campaign! We are a group of teens tackling hunger in our communities which is making a global impact — we aspire to decrease the amount of hungry folks!
Serving More Than Food
By Lia Musumeci, member of the Revolution Hunger Outreach Team in San Francisco
In San Francisco one in five adults lacks the resources to provide food for themselves or their families. In the Tenderloin neighborhood, the location of St. Anthony’s soup kitchen, that number is as high as one in two. I learned this fact, among others, on my first day volunteering as a lunch time meal server. I was surprised to learn that St. Anthony’s community meal program serves almost a million meals a year but more surprised to learn the composition of the community that lines up for these warm, nutritious meals. The line that filed past me on that first day included not only the homeless, but seniors and veterans who were unable to find the funds to feed themselves after paying the skyrocketing costs of health care and rent in the bay area. Another eye opener for me was the number of families that gathered in the cafeteria. In conversation with one of these family groups, I discovered that, even though they were working multiple jobs, they found it impossible to stretch their dollars far enough to feed their children.
However, St. Anthony’s serves more than food. It is a community gathering spot. While partaking of the meal, members of the community gather in small groups to socialize and exchange information. While the warm food provides the necessary nutrition for survival, the community provides the equally important emotional support. In addition to socializing, the gathering is an important source of networking. Vital information such as job openings, housing options and the availability of other community support programs ranging from health care to educational opportunities is generously shared. Smiles were contagious as the members enjoyed each other in this nonjudgmental and mutually respectful atmosphere.
At the end of the meal, while gathering the trays, I was greeted by many signs of appreciation. A simple thank you, a smile, a pat on the back, were unexpected and heartwarming. I felt privileged to be a part of the St. Anthony community that day and experience first hand some of the faces of hunger in San Francisco.
A few images from RevHunger rocking the Global Youth Service Day in Washington, DC! Check out more on our Facebook page.
Fighting Hunger at the Multifaith CROP Hunger Walk
Here is a great video about the issues of malaria and hunger from our friends at CROP Walk:
And here is a video they did about the upcoming CROP Walk in San Francisco!