The Future isn’t Hungry

Hunger & Poverty


To allow for MAXIMUM COLLECTIVE IMPACT, if you are measuring in pounds of food, 4 pounds equals 1 Future Isn't Hungry bag.

Anyone can help -– on your own or in a group. Each bag must have at least 5 items from the list below. Here are 6 easy steps to get started:

6 Easy Steps
  • Step 1: Identify the food items you want from The Future Isn’t Hungry List.

  • Step 2: Collect food items and bags- donations, food drive, sponsorships from local grocery stores!

  • Step 3: Pack Future Isn’t Hungry Bags

  • Step 4: Print a healthy recipe(s) and labels for your bag(s). You can always write them by hand, too!

  • Step 5: Choose a site in your community that would benefit from your Future Isn’t Hungry Bag(s) and deliver The Future Isn’t Hungry Bags to a chosen site (ideas listed below)

  • Step 6: Share your impact with the hashtag #futureisnthungry

Collection Ideas

Have a food drive. Place collection bins at local businesses, the post office, school. Ask your supermarkets to donate food.

Download the #futureisnthungry sticker

Activation Bonus

Decorate your bag. Include a personal note in each bag. Build a team or get a group together to take action with you - 1, 5, 10, 20 people – friends, classmates, classrooms, colleagues, teams, clubs, you name it!

Ingredient Ideas

Please remember to check chosen donation site for rules regarding fresh produce.

  • Canned or dried beans

  • Dried fruit - raisins, cranberries, bananas etc

  • Onions

  • Tomato sauce or canned tomatoes

  • Pasta

  • Apples

  • Peanut butter

  • Rice

  • Vegetable, chicken or beef stock

  • Potatoes or sweet potatoes

  • Steel cut oatmeal

  • Canned tuna

  • Canned vegetables

  • Canned soup

  • Peanuts, almonds, pistachio, nuts

Places to Donate
Recipes: Heart Warming Chili

Prep time: 3 mins
Cook time: 7 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: 4

Ingredients Download as PDF
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil

  • 1 medium Onion (chopped - the finer you chop, the quicker the chili will be done)

  • 2 Canned Peppers (bell peppers would be perfect to substitute!)

  • 1 – 16 oz jar Salsa (any kind you like, but make sure to check the ingredients, you want veggies and nothing else)

  • 1 – 20 oz can Fire Roasted Tomatoes (if they are whole in the can chop them up)

  • 2 – 15 oz cans Kidney Beans (drained and rinsed)

  • Salt - to taste

Optional Fixings
  • Sour cream

  • Cheddar cheese

  • 1: In a large pot, sauté the peppers and onion until they soften

  • 2: Add the tomatoes and salsa, bring to a boil

  • 3: Add the beans, cook until heated through

  • 4: Taste, add salt as needed

  • 5: Dish up and Eat!!!

Recipe: Taters & Tomatoes

Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: 2-4

Ingredients Download as PDF
  • 2 medium Potatoes (I used Yukon Gold)

  • 1 tablespoon EV Olive Oil

  • 2 cans of tomatoes or a jar of salsa

  • 1 Onion

  • 3 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar

  • Almonds (optional)

  • Pepper (to taste)

  • 1: Preheat the grill

  • 2: Slice the potatoes into coins (you want them a little thinner then 1/4 inch, the thinner they are the quicker and more evenly they will cook)

  • 3: Toss the sliced potatoes with the olive oil

  • 4: Place the potatoes on the grill and turn the heat to medium, and make sure to close the lid. (If your grill grates are wide or the potato slices seem like they might fall through, line the grill with foil before placing them on the grill)

  • 5: Grill them about 4 minutes on each side, or until they are golden and you can easily stick a fork in the center

  • 6: Open can or tomatoes or salsa place them in a medium-large bowl

  • 7: Slice the Onion well and add it to the bowl

  • 8: Add the vinegar and toss well

  • 9: When the potatoes are done and cooled slice them into thirds (you just want them bite sized) and add them to the tomato mixture

  • 10: Add the almonds

  • 11: Season with sea salt and pepper

  • 12: Taste, adjust seasoning if needed

  • 13: Dish up and enjoy!!

Snack Ideas
  • Apples with Peanut butter

  • Trail Mix: mixed nuts and dried fruits

Activation Partners
  • generationOn

  • Food Lion

  • KIND Snacks

  • Hawaii Food Bank

  • Transfernation

  • Blessings in a Backpack

  • The Federation of New Jersey Food Banks

Latest Updates View National Updates
7200 items donated and donated to Lawrence Boys and Girls Club, Various other Lawrence programs
2000 bags packed and donated to Hawaii's Future isn't Hungry

Mahalo to Youth Service America, the Festival of Children Foundation, and GenerationOn for the generous grants to put this food bag program on!

500 bags packed and donated to Neighbors in Need

Mahalo to the Abbot Academy Association for the generous support! Can't wait to work with the 11th graders at Phillips Academy to help students in our neighboring community out!

340 bags packed and donated to Neighbors in Need

Bringing The Future isn't Hungry to Andover, Massachussets!

153 bags packed and donated to Hawaii Food Bank - Pacific Revival Center
How You Can Get Involved

2.5 Lives impacted per bag (4 pounds equals 1 Future Isn't Hungry)

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Brittany's Progress
bags donated
of 1,000 Goal 200 ~$16,896 raised
Everyone's Progress
bags donated
of 250,000 Goal 200 ~$4,675,744 raised