Kids Korps kicks off ‘Hands Against Childhood Hunger’ campaign

kids korps logoBy Robin Chappelow, Kids Korps program director

Kids Korps is excited to announce a partnership with generationOn to bring awareness to childhood hunger. The Hands against Childhood Hunger campaign is an exciting opportunity for all Kids Korps chapters and members to engage in one large effort to increase awareness of and help combat childhood hunger.

generationOn is the youth division of Points of Light Institute, a national organization that works to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world. By partnering with teachers, parents, schools, community organizations like Kids Korps and businesses, generationOn gives kids the opportunity to see first hand the issues in their communities and the tools they need to respond and become a part of the solution.

In March and April, generationOn is planning a nationwide initiative called “What Will You Bring to the Table?” to mobilize youth from across the country to address child hunger in the U.S. Kids Korps has partnered with generationOn and is asking Kids Korps chapters and members to participate in this effort.

Between March 1 and April 10, Kids Korps chapters and members are being asked to conduct a food drive as a part of the large-scale Hands against Childhood Hunger campaign. Food drives can be enhanced with educational initiatives and other creative projects to raise awareness about childhood hunger.

The collected food will go to the North County Food Bank and military families, benefiting 100 agencies in North County. This project has the potential to unify all Kids Korps members in one large-scale effort to bring awareness and make a tremendous dent in childhood hunger in the local community. The specific items that the North County Food Bank is looking to collect are:

• Canned protein — tuna, chicken, salmon

• Canned soups, chili, beef stew (preferably low sodium)

• Peanut butter and nut butter

• Pasta/pasta sauce

• Canned or dried beans

• Rice

• Cereal/rolled oats

• Boxed macaroni & cheese

• Canned fruit (preferably in own juice)

• Canned vegetables

The food bank cannot accept non-food items, damaged containers or any breakable glass jars.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Erin Westmoreland-King at 858-500-8136 or