With 2018 just around the corner, many of us are busy making New Year’s resolutions – and the most popular of them, year after year, have at least something to do with food. Sadly, just as predictable as the making of New Year’s resolutions is the breaking of them.

According to one report by U.S. News, 80% of us will have broken our resolutions by the second week of February. And one oft-cited University of Scranton study goes a step further: Only 8% of us will keep those resolutions long-term.

The experts tell us that the rare breed of resolution-keepers sets goals differently. They have a bigger picture in mind but resolve to take “bite-sizable” action steps toward their ultimate goal.

So if, say, your ultimate goal is to “end hunger” – yes, we’ve got food on our minds, too! – here are 10 New Year’s resolutions you can actually keep!

  1. Improve your hunger fluency. Learn a few new facts about hunger in your community, your state, your country, the world. Such as…
  2. Share hunger-related news and action items with your friends on social media at least a handful of times throughout the year. Better yet, tag some friends and encourage them to share, too. Need some inspiration? Follow us on social. We have some ready-made content up for grabs!
  3. Learn something new about the intersection of race and hunger.  Here’s one good resource.
  4. Make at least one phone call or write at least one e-mail to your legislators this year about a hunger-related issue of your choosing. Not sure where to begin? Sign up for Advocacy Action Alerts and we’ll give you some things to get fired up about along with concrete talking points for communicating with your Congressperson.
  5. Tour your local food bank. Visiting will enable you to better understand what we do, how we help, and how you can be a part of it. Calling far in advance of the afternoon/evening you prefer to tour is strongly recommended. At WCFB, tours book up fast.
  6. Volunteer. There are roles at WCFB (and with many of our Partner Agencies) for individuals and groups, one-off opportunities and recurring shifts. Volunteering supports food bank operations in very concrete ways (think: sorting food items, checking expiration dates, packing boxes). You can learn more about volunteer opportunities here.
  7. Talk to the kid(s) in your life about the problem of hunger. Exploring issues of social justice with kids and teens helps them to develop a sense of empathy and purpose – and it just might inspire them to take action of their own.
  8. Sponsor a food drive or other event to benefit WCFB. Food drives are one important way we, at WCFB, replenish our supply of food products for neighbors in need. You can partner with a school, community group, or your work place to leverage support for the cause. Hosting a party? Invite your guests to bring a few items for WCFB! Additional details here.
  9. Make a financial contribution of any amount to WCFB. Seriously, we mean it. Just $1 enables us to distribute $4 worth of food to a neighbor. Every dollar goes a long way. Click here.
  10. Speak your truth. If you’re reading this, chances are you have a reason (or reasons!) why you care about ending hunger. What is it? Write it down. Record it. Then, share. At WCFB, we invoke those important stories in our outreach to  donors, advocates, change-makers – and we do so in a way that preserves confidentiality whenever somebody tells us they prefer to remain anonymous.
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