Gabe — San Francisco
I’m calling to say that I think although it’s a very popular way to help hunger, especially this time of year, donating canned food is really not the most efficient way to help people who are hungry. Having to process and store and sort and transport all kinds of donated canned goods can be a real drain on the resources of food banks. Not to mention the fact that one dollar spent in the store to buy a can of soup, for instance, could be much more usefully spent by the food-banks to purchase things themselves. So instead of going to the grocery store or emptying your cupboard to donate food, give money directly to food banks so they can buy food much more cheaply and buy exactly what they need to provide balanced nutritional meals to the people they serve.
Erica — Los Angeles
I think there are a lot of very difficult complicated reasons why people in the community are hungry. I will say that I have done a little bit of work in a Title I public school where there are a higher percentage of children from low-income families, and I do know that there are programs in place for these kids to have free breakfasts and free lunches. But I do wonder whether their parents and families could be somehow invited or incorporated into these programs as well. Not only to spend more time with their kids, you know, sharing meals, but also to meet other families and have some of their need provided for, because I do think that no one should be going hungry.
Kevin — San Francisco
I feel like we as musicians and artists can hold space to distribute the food that is going to waste in the community. Maybe musicians have some responsibility to respond.