Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Join the iReport food drive

Today's the last full day to vote for the 2010 CNN Hero of the Year. Voting ends Thursday, November 18, at 6 a.m.

 

U.S. hunger remains at its highest level in 15 years, according to a report out this week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 

The report found 17.4 million families -- nearly 15 percent of U.S. households -- lacked money to feed one or more of their family members at some point last year.

 

Of course, hunger is a global crisis. As the holidays approach, we’re challenging iReporters to fight the problem in your own community.

 

For the past few weeks on the This Just In blog, we’ve been offering tiny ways that you can “Be A Hero” in your own life. Last night, we kicked off an iReport food drive.

 

Will you join us?

 

1. Scour your cabinets for canned goods or other non-perishables you aren’t planning to eat.

 

2. When you go grocery shopping, drop a few extra pantry staples in your cart. It doesn’t have to cost anything if you pick buy one, get one free items.

 

Many supermarkets have drop-off points for food bank donations during this season. In the U.S., Feeding America has a list of some food banks across the country.

 

Before you drop off your donation, make a note of how many cans or products you’re giving, snap a photo and upload it to iReport with your story of how you helped fight hunger this season.

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