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U.S. hunger remains at its highest levels in 15 years.
According to a Department of Agriculture report released Monday, 17.4 million families - nearly 15 percent of U.S. households - lacked money to feed one or more of their family members in 2009.
But it’s easy to feed the hungry without spending a lot of money.
We’ve been offering tiny things that you can do to make the world a little better. For the next “Be A Hero” challenge, we’re starting a virtual food drive on iReport.
1. Scour your cabinets for canned goods or other non-perishables you aren’t planning to eat.
2. When you go grocery shopping, drop a few extra pantry staples in your cart. It doesn’t have to cost anything if you pick buy one, get one free items.
Many supermarkets have drop-off points for food bank donations during this season. If you can’t find one, visit Feeding America to find a food bank near you.
Before you drop off your donation, snap a photo and upload it to iReport with your story of how you helped fight hunger this season.