By Courtney Marello
If you have a passion for teaching, giving back to your community and want to get involved in the fight against hunger, the Connecticut Food Bank has a great volunteer opportunity for you!
Many people do not have a clear understanding of the causes of hunger, who it affects and the impact it has on our communities. Education is vital to raising awareness and recruiting support to end hunger. Volunteers can play an important role in education and advocacy as Hunger 101 facilitators.
Hunger 101 is an experience-based program that helps people understand hunger’s damaging effects. Hunger 101 enables participants to experience what it is like to struggle with poverty and food insecurity using role play and facilitated conversation.
Hunger 101 is flexible; sessions are available for large and small groups and may be offered in 45- or 90-minute sessions. The program is portable and can be presented at businesses, schools, community- and faith-based organizations or presented at the Connecticut Food Bank.
Hunger 101 volunteer facilitators are vital to helping us accommodate the growing number of groups seeking this educational experience. As a Hunger 101 facilitator you take on a leadership role in your community, educating others who have the power to make a difference in the fight against hunger. The conversations and interactions you have with these groups set the stage for future leaders and community action.
Hunger 101 facilitators may be as involved as their time and schedule permit. Work with the Connecticut Food Bank staff to choose presentation opportunities convenient for you.
Becoming a Hunger 101 facilitator is easy. The first step is to attend a training, which covers facts about hunger and the Connecticut Food Bank. Following that discussion is an in-depth overview of Hunger 101. Upon completing the training, you will have the opportunity to shadow a previously trained Hunger 101 facilitator or Connecticut Food Bank staff member at a Hunger 101 before hosting a session independently.
Our next training is Wednesday, April 20, from 4pm to 7pm. To register visit http://events.ctfoodbank.volunteerhub.com/Events/Event/Summary.aspx?EventID=2768889. If you would like to be a Hunger 101 Facilitator but are unable to attend on this date, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified of the next training.
Courtney Marello is an AmeriCorps VISTA staff member assigned to the Connecticut Food Bank in support of its youth outreach and nutrition education programs