Campaign: #ComcastCaresDay: Volunteering to Make Change

This Food Bank Is Feeding Tomorrow’s Doctors, Teachers, and Artists

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to focus when you’re hungry? You’ll read the same paragraph over and over again, absorbing nothing. You’ll find yourself mindlessly scrolling through Facebook rather than finishing that presentation.

Now add to that the young, easy-to-distract minds of a child in school. It’s no wonder that children who are hungry at school are less likely to succeed. Children who are malnourished are also more likely to get sick and miss school because of it. And stunningly, 3.1 million children die from hunger every year around the world.

In New Mexico, one-quarter of all children go hungry. That’s one-quarter of tomorrow’s doctors, scientists, teachers, and artists combined in just that one state who are unable to focus on their studies.

Hunger is not an easy issue to solve. At Global Citizen, we campaign on food waste in the EU and famine in Nigeria, but permanent solutions can be hard to find.

But fortunately Roadrunner Food Bank is on the ground in New Mexico to help solve these complicated issues. Roadrunner Food Bank distributes more than 30 million pounds of food every year to a vast network across the US. They feed 70,000 hungry people in New Mexico alone. Red Nose Day, one of Comcast Cares Day’s key partners, knows firsthand the difference organizations like Roadrunner Food Bank can make — it supports the Food Bank, and almost 200 similar organizations nationally, focusing on programs that make a positive impact for children in need across the US.

Comcast NBCUniversal and Roadrunner have been partners in a shared mission for a world without inequality for over a decade. Though they work in separate spaces, Roadrunner closing the hunger divide and Comcast NBCUniversal providing information and technology, both are committed to brighter futures for all.

This year, as part of Comcast Cares Day, Roadrunner will work with Comcast NBCUniversal employees, strengthening their ties. Past projects include sorting food donations, repackaging bulk donated items into family-size portions for food boxes, and filling backpacks that are sent home with low-income children on Fridays to cover their food needs over the weekend.

And because of Comcast NBCUniversal employees and other volunteers at the Roadrunner Food Bank, all of those future doctors, scientists, lawmakers, and artists will be able to focus on their tomorrow.

You can help, too. Learn more about Roadrunner Food Bank here. And click the "Join Us" button to tell other Global Citizens how you give back to your community.

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