Kids Activities

Some ideas to involve children in the fight against hunger & help the Wakefield Food Pantry

In the U.S. today, 11 million children face hunger—that’s 1 in 7 kids. Chances are, someone your child goes to school with may not have enough to eat. The problem is vast but often hidden. We all have a role to play in fighting hunger, whether old or young. Children can make a positive difference in the lives of other kids in need. It’s important to talk to children about hunger and inspire them to take action to fight hunger. Source: Feeding America

Make Meal Kits – Research healthy and easy recipes that can be made with pantry food. Run a food drive to collect items and put together “Meal Kits” with the recipe for our guests. See what Girls Scout Troop 82220 did here:

Lemonade Stand or Bake Sale- Do you know that every dollar donated to the Wakefield Food Pantry allows us to purchase $4 worth of food from the Greater Boston Food Bank? So if you raise $32.75 at your Bake Sale, that’s $131.00 worth of food for our community’s needy people!

Organize a Food Drive- Organize one in your neighborhood, with your Scout Troop, or with your sports team. Check out our Most Needed Items!

Contact us with information about setting up your own drive.

Start a donation jar or Tzedakah box in your home. Have your child make a tzedakah (charitable activity) box or decorate a jar and choose where it should be placed in your home.

Birthday Fundraiser: Instead of gifts, consider suggesting “in lieu of gifts, consider a donation to the Wakefield Food Pantry in Kaitlin’s name”. We can arrange for you to attend an upcoming Hunger 101 to present your gift to us.

Have Kids make cards for our guests. A great activity for your scout troop or church youth group. Cards can be holiday specific or general well-wishes!

Fundraiser modeled after the giving tree. Create a “giving tree” where people can take tags with donation options. Make a tree with wish items, “10 boxes of cereal,” “4 large packs of toilet paper” etc. Check out our Most Needed Items!

Have Kids brainstorm a new fundraiser of their own. Some ideas include a car wash, yard sale, road race, etc