Hashtag Lunchbag is powered by The Living Through Giving Foundation, which is a Los Angeles based non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring people of all backgrounds to give back through fun/cool activities and promotes paying it forward through the use of social media. It’s inaugural program, Hashtag Lunchbag has spawned to multiple cities across the world in a very short period of time and is on its way to ending world hunger, one lunchbag at a time.
Hashtag lunchbag volunteers have served nearly 20,000 meals in over 20 cities across the U.S. and Canada.The mission is to inspire others to take part in service activities, while subsequently meeting the direct needs of local communities. Hunger is a large issue here in Charlotte and affects a wide number of demographic groups. Through our program we have identified those outside of the homeless population who also face hunger; many of those are children.
Hashtag Lunchbag Charlotte began in November 2013. Danielle Ferguson, an assignment editor at WCCB Charlotte, came up with the idea after seeing some friends attend an event and promote it on their social media pages. Ferguson told some of the people at her job and they decided that this was something they would like to initiate in Charlotte. They decided to do it every first Saturday of the month because it is a great way to start off the month by volunteering. It also gives people time to make room in their schedules. Their goal is to make 2,000 lunchbags by the end of the year. So far the group has made almost 1,653 bags in just 8 months. They’ve raised money by asking volunteers to bring a minimum $5 donation (it isn’t mandatory but helps us with food costs). Monthly they pack a nutritious lunch for those in need (sandwich, fruit, chips, cookie, and a bottle water). Each bag contains an inspirational message to remind the recipient our Charlotte communities are thinking of them. After assembling the lunchbags, the group distributes them to different areas throughout Charlotte that have been identified as crucial needy areas.
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