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PCSN Seminar: Beyond the Food Drive Resource Guide

posted Mar 3, 2015, 2:34 PM by Parents Community Service Network
Beyond the Food Drive: Teaching Kids How to Bring an End to Hunger 
On February 26, 2015, PCSN held a conversation with leading experts in the field of Hunger. Below are the resources and project ideas that came from our expert panelists, as well as audience members. 

Panelist Websites 
WhyHunger (
Alison M. Cohen, Senior Director of Programs (Seminar Moderator) 

Xavier Mission (
Cassandra L. Agredo, Executive Director 

Greenmarket Program, GrowNYC (
Michael Hurwitz, Director 

Teens for Food Justice (
Katherine Soll, CEO/Director/Founder 

City Harvest (
Jeanne Traugot, Manager, Food Sourcing 

Make Your Mark on Hunger, March 15 – April 30, 2015. (see attached flyer) 
Service Project Ideas for students and families. 
Educator Resources including lesson plans. 

TEDx Manhattan: Changing the Way We Eat, March 7, 2015 

With a viewing party hosted by NYCCAH and Xavier Mission 
When: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Xavier Mission
 46 West 16th St. New York, NY 10011 

TEDx Manhattan Adventure: A Tale of Two Food Brooklyns – New York City Coalition Against Hunger, Sunda, March 8, 2015 

Resource Materials provided by WhyHunger 

Project Ideas for School Communities: 

Stop Hunger Now. 

Tweak your food drive to have greater impact by collecting a dollar with every packaged food item. A can of food is of tangible value in teaching a child about hunger and charity. But a can of food costs over a dollar at your local supermarket, whereas a pantry is able to buy roughly three cans of food with every dollar donated. 

Hold a fresh food drive. 

Adopt both a pantry and a farm. Raise money to pay the farm to raise food for the pantry. 

New York Common Pantry, 

Help pack food at the pantry. 

Have older students who are able to work at the pantry share their experience with younger students. At one school, older kids are giving younger students tickets to represent a limited food budget and asking the younger students to plan meals on this budget. 

Organize a Paper Plate Campaign to ask state and federal legislators to make hunger a priority. 

Take the SNAP Challenge. Spend a week living on the average daily food stamp benefit. 
Parents Community Service Network,
Mar 3, 2015, 2:34 PM