Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Students Helping Students: 3 Tools to Fight Food Insecurity

Food insecurity is at its highest point in over a decade, as the pandemic has created instability for millions of Americans. It’s easy to feel powerless and overwhelmed during a crisis—especially if you’re a student. But students are a powerful force, especially when it comes to advocating for the resources their peers need to avoid hunger in school.

Whether it’s spreading awareness, developing school-based food distribution programs in partnership with administration and staff, or contacting elected officials for additional funding support, students elevate their community and impact the lives of their peers.

The NASSP National Initiative: No Kid Hungry has simplified the advocacy process for students with new guides for effecting real change. All three resources are available now:

  • Food Insecurity Action Bank: Students can use this list of ideas and resources to take action on hunger in your school and throughout the local community, including setting up breakfast, after school, and summer meal programs.
  • How-To Guide: Meeting with Elected Officials: This step-by-step guide helps students understand how to arrange, prepare for, and conduct successful meetings with local officials.
  • Advocacy Letter Template: This time-saving, fillable letter template and tips for contacting policymakers will help give students’ messages on the issue of childhood hunger greater direction and impact.

Food insecurity isn’t something that happens to “other” people. It’s a growing crisis that impacts students and families across the country, including your community. So, don’t wait. Your support and action today will ensure kids thrive tomorrow.

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