As part of Food for People's 24th annual Holiday Spirit Food & Fund Drive, we cordially invite you to participate in our 2016 Hunger Fighter Challenge. The Hunger Fighter Challenge is a friendly competition to see which Hunger Fighter Team can collect the most money and food for the food bank from the beginning of November through the end of December. In 2015, Hunger Fighter teams collected a total of 16,326 lbs of food and/or dollars --an impressive amount that underscores the importance of community in the fight against hunger.
The people we serve include limited income and underemployed households across the age spectrum that all too often must choose between food and life’s other essentials, such as rent, utilities, medications and health and dental care. We are working hard to keep up with requests for emergency food assistance but it does put a significant strain on our limited resources – which is why we are so grateful for your help! We are committed to providing assistance to households in need, and we rely on community support to help us meet that need. The donations you gather during the Hunger Fighter Challenge will make it possible for us to provide assistance through the holiday and winter months.
Dozens of businesses, schools, groups, and civic organizations have participated in the Hunger Fighter Challenge over the years. The most successful teams have one or more people spearheading the effort for their teams—someone who can be both leader and organizer. If you would like to participate, Food for People can provide your team with a food barrel, bags, and a fund collection container. We can also provide support materials like a list of most-needed foods, flyers, local hunger information, and materials to help motivate your team to donate. Please fill out the attached enrollment form and return it to us so we can support your team in getting started.
Our Local Food Resources Coordinator is the contact person for any questions about becoming a Hunger Fighter Team. To help teams in their Hunger Fighter Challenge efforts, we have provided the Hunger Fighter Challenge rules, enrollment form, ideas, flyers, and shopping guide below for download. If your team needs more materials, information about Food for People, would like to request a Hunger 101 presentation to inspire your group, or anything at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to support you! (Hunger 101 is a short activity that takes participants through a day in the life of a local family struggling to attain the food it needs to make sure no one in the family goes to bed hungry.) Feel free to email our Local Food Resources Coordinator, Laura Hughes, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (707) 445-3166 extension 312.
What are the rules and how do I get involved?
The following tools are great to provide to Hunger Fighter Challenge team members or to post in strategic locations at your group's workplace, etc.:
A partial list of past Hunger Fighter Teams:
Aera 1 Agency on Aging
Mad River Brewing Company
National Weather Service
City of Arcata
Sequoia Gas Company
HCAR Bay Center
Eureka Physical Therapy
Environmental Technology, Inc.
Department of Rehabilitation
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Redwood Realty
Pepsi Beverages Company
Changing Tide Family Services
Union Street Charter School
Chance for Change
Provident Credit Union
Redwood Curtain Brewing Co.