Hunger Continues To Be A Top Volunteer Cause
Hunger and Homelessness Among Top Volunteer Causes
World hunger remains one of the greatest challenges of our time, which is why it is among the top causes that motivate people to mobilize and volunteer. According to industry studies, more than 63 million Americans volunteer each year, with 15% of Americans saying they support homeless and hunger causes, by far the largest segment in the volunteer causes categories.
Millions of Americans are at risk of experiencing long-term food insecurity. This can be due to a many number of factors, including, but not limited to, poverty, income inequality, lack of affordable housing, and food deserts, just to name a few. In the U.S., 580,000 Americans are homeless on a typical night, and 44 million Americans suffer from hunger. Food insecurity has deep impacts on mental and physical health, and Meals of Hope is an organization that’s mission is to educate the community about the very real effects of food insecurity, while engaging them in a way that lets people do something to help.
The very real and drastic consequences of hunger is why so many people chose to dedicate their time and effort to this volunteer segment. According to a report in TeamStage, about 25% of the population in the U.S. volunteer, with this number continuing to climb post-pandemic. “On average, these people volunteer about 52 hours per year and are most likely to contribute to charities and organizations that deal with hunger and homelessness, health and wellness, faith and spirituality, and animals/wildlife.”
What This Means For Meals of Hope Franchisees
Meals of Hope is a franchise that organizes meal packing events that are capable of delivering anywhere from 10,000 to more than 1 million meals to people who need it most. Over the last 15 years, we’ve shipped more than 80 million meals as the hunger crisis reaches critical levels. Each and every community across the country deals with hunger and homelessness, which is evidenced in the amount of volunteer power the issue has and why the demand for meal packing is huge.
Meals of Hope franchisees provide a meaningful and impactful service to the communities they serve, while also building a strong business and a good life for themselves and their family. Our franchisees are driven by more than money, yet rest assured that the service we offer will always be in demand and therefore will always have a value in their communities.
“We’re looking for people who want to do good and make money, which is very different from making money and doing good,” says Steve Popper, President and CEO. “We know this is a business, but if it’s all about the money, this is not going to be a good fit. This is about service, giving back, and getting meals to people who desperately need them. This is far bigger than making money.”
Invest in a Meals of Hope Franchise Today!
Are you looking for an opportunity to provide a meaningful service to your community, while also making a good living? Meals of Hope was founded as a nonprofit, but quickly realized its services were in such high demand. The only way to address the hunger and homelessness crisis across the U.S. was to start franchising so our reach could be nationwide.
If you’re ready to learn more, we invite you to fill out our form here to start a conversation with our franchise team. We’ll be in touch with a copy of our Franchise Information Report. We look forward to hearing from you!