Have Your Kids Join Kung Food Flights Club to Help Fight Child Hunger!
posted by: Amber Johnson
Want to educate your kids about child hunger, teach them to make a difference and have fun doing it? The Food Bank of the Rockies has launched a new kid’s club, which is a great way for them to do something meaningful with their summer. They give the inside scoop in this Q&A.
Can you please tell us about Kung Food Fighters?
For years, we’ve had families ask to bring their children to our warehouse to volunteer. We can’t accept children under 14 to volunteer and many local non-profits are in the same boat. We decided there was a need to develop an avenue for these kiddos to get involved in fighting hunger and empowering them to see their potential for making a difference in their community. The Kung Food Fighters Kids Club was a result of a lot of brainstorming and collaboration with local companies and friends of the food bank. The club is virtually based through the FBR website. Kids can register there, visit our blog, Pinterest and YouTube pages, learn about what other kids are doing across the world to give back, communicate what they’re doing to give back, earn coins and prizes, download ideas for fighting hunger, curriculum for school settings and much more.
Many of those struggling with child hunger are kids. Why do you think it’s important to educate their peers?
Hunger is an invisible problem. One in four Colorado kids don’t know where their next meal is coming from. That’s an unbelievable amount of kids, given this land of plenty we live in. For most kids, there are classmates they see every day who fall into the category of “food insecure.” But they would never know that by looking at them. The education piece is vital for empowering this generation to grow up with the knowledge and tools to make a significant impact on the world around them. Without the education piece, their hearts won’t be involved in the process.
Tell us about some of the resources and fun things they can find on the website.
There are games, activity books, word searches, lists of ideas for fighting hunger, cool prizes from local companies and Kung Food Fighter shwag, links to inspirational videos and blog posts, opportunities to share their stories and other stories they find on-line or in the news, ideas for incorporating the club into schools and much more!
What does it mean to be e part of the club and to collect coins?
To be a part of the club, you’re gaining access to the opportunity to come to club parties at local companies (the first one is a bowling party at Fun City on Monday, June 10 from 11 a.m-1 p.m. and the next will be a Jumpstreet party on Monday, July 15 from 10 a.m.-noon) and earn coins and prizes. There are many ways to earn Kung Food Coins! When you accrue coins, there are a ton of cool prizes from yoyos to tickets to Water World you can win! To accrue coins you can organize a food/fund drive and tell us about it. Better yet, take video and photos and share those too! You can tour our Denver warehouse, do a class presentation, email us a link to a cool story about a kid making a difference etc. etc. All these ideas and a list of prizes can be found on the website.
What should kids do if they know one of their friends struggles with hunger?
First, they should tell your friend that they’re not alone and that many kids in Colorado and around the country struggle with not having enough food at home. There is nothing to be ashamed of. And there are so many wonderful places available to help! By visiting www.foodbankrockies.org, you can enter your zip code and pull up a listing of local organization (agency partners of ours) who can help with food boxes or a pantry where you can choose the food items you will utilize.
Why would this be something great to get involved in this summer?
With summer approaching, there are tons of opportunities to brainstorm fun ways to fight hunger! Make it a summer project with your friends, siblings, neighbors, sports teams, clubs, church etc. Use some of your free time to help those in need in Colorado! And come visit us for a tour. We love meeting kids and hearing their ideas and we’re so excited that Chop Suey and Chop Louie (the mascots) are finally here to help us do just that!