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Ending the Spring 2017 Semester With a Challenge

Posted on May 18, 2017 | 0 comments

Current CKI Ambassador Laura Belmont is helping the nation end the spring semester with action and reflection. After a successful Service Week in early April, the call now is to finish up with any missed opportunities to help those in need in our communities. And while we do that, Laura is asking that we reflect on our every day lives and how hunger would affect the things we do regularly. Understanding the difficulties that many people regularly face makes the charitable efforts you undertake have more meaning and impact for all.

See how you can get involved with the challenge via the Facebook Event page.
 

How would hunger affect you doing the hobbies you love?

Challenge 1: Think about the hobbies you love and why you love them. Then think about how battling hunger would impact these seemingly regular tasks.

What can thinking about where your favorite food comes from and how its made tell you about hunger in America?

Challenge 2: Think about your favorite food. Where is it from or how is it made. Then think about how difficult it is for those battling hunger to share the foods you love so regularly.

 

New Resource Guides Now Available

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 | 0 comments

Thanks to our dedicated CKI Ambassador Laura Belmont, there are five new resource guides for new participants in the battle to end hunger. From those interested in starting volunteer efforts like a campus Food Fight or STUFH the Bus campaign to those who simply want to work with friends to spread the word around campus, these informational documents will be a big help to drive success in your efforts. Download them all below:

New Toolkit to Help Engage Our Youth To Help End Hunger in America

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 | 0 comments

Sodexho has recently released a resource for students and youth to help them learn how to become involved in the fight to end hunger in America. Full details are below:


A new resource from Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation and Share Our Strength identifies best practices to engage youth to help end child hunger in America. The Youth Engagement Toolkit provides an understanding of “what works” in engaging youth, with tools that can be used to broaden the base and immediately engage youth.

We firmly believe that we cannot end childhood hunger without help from the next generation of young leaders. The toolkit includes key findings and best practices as well as online resources created by organizations and experts that have a strong reputation in engaging youth in ending hunger.

The content walks the audience through the understanding of why youth engagement is important, what motivates young adults to volunteer, what organizations are out there, actionable recommendations and immediate steps to engage youth. Download the complete toolkit at www.NoKidHungry.org/YouthToolkit.

Below are some resources to accompany the toolkit:

A recap of CKI’s work with STUFH through the 2015-16 academic year

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 | 0 comments

Joren Libunao, the previous year’s STUFH-CKI Ambassador, has recently graduated from the University of California, San Diego. To reflect on his and CKI’s work with STUFH through the previous academic year, he provides us with this recap of successful events and initiatives brought on by his leadership and CKI’s willing efforts to help fight hunger around our college campuses nationwide.

Squash Holiday Hunger campaign from November 22nd to December 27th

  • The biggest STUFH-related event of the year, Circle K and STUFH held a Squash Holiday Hunger joint campaign where CKI members from around the country were encouraged to participate in hunger-related service projects and share their experiences on the event page. Each of the other CKI service partner ambassadors shared their favorite hunger-related service project or why they believed hunger was a prevalent issue. Dozens of clubs participated and word spread on the international level about this campaign. Seeing as it was a month long activity, many clubs had time to plan a service project and execute it as well. It was met with much success.

Tomorrow Fund Grants

  • Circle K International has this grant given by Kiwanis International where clubs can apply for funding to make their service projects a reality. Some of the ones accepted involved hunger-related service projects, such as food backpacks and care packages.

“Service With a Glance” Newsletters

  • Every quarter we released a new newsletter that had updates and information on each CKI service partner. Every newsletter had a two page spread on STUFH updates, except for the last one which had three, one of which was the infographic you provided me.

Social Media Toolkits

  • Twice this year the other ambassadors and I were in charge of creating social media toolkits for individual Circle K clubs to use to promote whatever service partner they wanted to promote. I created several draft Facebook posts and shared some of the documents found on the STUFH page and encouraged clubs to share these with their members.

CKI Service Week

  • CKI Service Week is a week where each of the CKI service partners gets featured for a day and clubs need to participate in a service project related to that service partner. There was ample participation in STUFH-related service projects, mostly food banks and care packages.

CKI Service Fair

  • I was unable to attend Circle K International Convention this year sadly, but I sent in a video to report for STUFH to the Circle K membership. This was also where we recognized clubs for participating in CKI Service Week.

Great work by Joren, and a great job to help in the battle to fight hunger with CKI and STUFH. The next ambassador will have large shoes to fill.

Help Fight Hunger Near Campus With End of Year Student Food Drives

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 | 0 comments

End of year campus food drives

Food banks are year long operations, but unfortunately we tend to remember the hungry at holiday times and not during the long summer months when school is out. As Martha Henk, the Executive Director of the Food Bank of East Alabama noted, “Spring and Summer are often forgotten times when it comes to donating food.” That’s when colleges can step up to fill the empty food bank shelves with end of year move out food drives.

Please join our nationwide effort by holding a food drive as your students leave so they can discard their unwanted items in bins you place around campus. It’s surprisingly easy as your students turn their trash to treasure for the needy in your community. These food drives are a tremendous success at hundreds of universities around the country, so please join this effort which makes a difference for so many families and children who need our help.

View our resources to learn how to get started and how to organize your efforts as you join us in the war against hunger.

Squash Holiday Hunger 2015

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 | 0 comments

STUFH and Circle K International are teaming up for a holiday food drive campaign, titled Squash Holiday Hunger from November 22 – December 27. The campaign has an official Facebook page where groups across the country can share their ideas for how they are helping their local communities and inspire others from coast to coast. STUFH-CKI ambassador Joren Libunao has been instrumental in organizing this campaign. Visit the Facebook page for ways to get involved.

CKI-STUFH Squash Holiday Hunger

New Chapter at Immaculata University

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 | 1 comment

Maraiza Thiago, a graduate student in Nutrition Education at Immaculata University (PA), is starting a STUFH chapter during the fall 2015 semester and expects to raise food and awareness to fight hunger among the student body. Maraisa volunteers at their local food bank and hopes to increase student volunteerism at the bank in order to support the organization and promote student engagement.

Central Missouri Food Drive

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 | 0 comments

Kristie Brinkley of the University of Central Missouri, once again reports that her students are anxiously looking forward to ther 15th Annual STUFH Drive this coming Spring. UCM was one of the first universities in the country to initiate a STUFH The Bus Food Drive several years ago. Students at UCM can now get involved with STUFH through the Student Volunteer Services on campus.

New STUFH-CKI Ambassador

Posted on Aug 9, 2015 | 0 comments

Joren LibunaoA new STUFH-CKI Ambassador has been named for the 2015-16 school year. This year, Joren Libunao will take over for Alex Nguyen. Joren introduces himself to us in a short biography below:

Hey there! My name is Joren Libunao, and I will be serving as your 2015-2016 CKI-STUFH Ambassador. I am currently a student at the University of California, San Diego going into my fourth and final year of college as a Management Science Major with a Business Minor. I’m not entirely sure what career path I want to follow, so I have been doing my best to keep my options open. I am leaning towards a career that assists people with their financial needs and making fiscally responsible decisions. However, community service is a different passion I discovered in college with Circle K.

I’ve done many different kinds of service projects, but one of my favorites that I look forward to every week is volunteering at our local food bank, Feeding America San Diego. There, our club volunteers to do many different tasks. One week we would glean, meaning to check for mold or other problems, thousands of pounds of fruits or vegetables to be sent to local schools to feed children, and another week we would be categorizing packaged foods and checking their expiration dates to be sent to poverty-stricken neighborhoods and soup kitchens. While we don’t usually get to see the direct impact, it’s still one of the most productive and impactful service projects I get to do, which is why I love it so much.

I encourage people to take the time to go volunteer at their local food bank, because from what I have seen, people have enjoyed these service projects the most because it’s a lot of fun, it’s very busy, and you make a lasting impact on local communities. You can even sometimes ask the coordinators to assist you in starting a food drive with your school. Every fruit, vegetable, or packaged food you help collect and sort goes a long way.

Joren expects to be involved with many projects over the coming year.