K¹² International Academy Sparks the First Ever– Virtual Canned Food Drive

K¹² International Academy Sparks the First Ever– Virtual Canned Food Drive

Tin Can Virtual Food Drive Challenge

By Anna Peacock- McLaughlin & Kate Atrash

A few weeks ago, we participated in the YouTube “Tin Can Challenge.” It was a fun way for us to dip our toes into this incredible online medium that gives a growing number of our students a real sense of community. We had a blast, and we were able to see why so many of our twenty-first century learners prefer YouTube to television.

But it also sparked a much bigger conversation about hunger—in our hometown and in our world.

· In northwest Florida, where we both live, more than 342,000 people are considered “food insecure”—which means they might not be hungry, but they don’t know when they will eat again. OF that total, more than 117,000 are children. (source)

· In the US, 1 in 4 children don’t know where their next meal will come from. (source)

· About 842 million people in the world do not eat enough to be healthy. That means that one in every eight people on Earth goes to bed hungry each night. (source)

Here’s the truth: all of us, at some time or another, are “those in need.” Sometimes we need food or other tangible resources; other times, we need the support that only a true community can provide. As a global school, we’re uniquely positioned to offer both—and our potential reach is pretty unbelievable.

That’s why we’d like to transform our tin can challenge into a virtual canned food drive. Will you join us?