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Celebrate Magazine Recycling Abundance on Earth Day

Earth Day is a wonderful milestone for MagazineLiteracy.org. We launched our KinderHarvest magazine recycling project on Earth Day a couple of years ago, kicking it off by matching 40,000+ surplus children’s magazines at publisher printing plants to all the Head Start programs in Mississippi and, in partnership with food banks in New Hampshire and Maine to families in New England served by food pantries.

Since Earth Day last year, an incredible volunteer organizer in the Boston area – Katie Simmons – has collected and recycled 5,000 magazines to children and families in 20 locations, including homeless and domestic violence shelters, transitional housing and work empowerment programs, senior centers, youth mentoring programs, a VA hospital, and other community programs. The feedback from agencies receiving magazines has been overwhelmingly positive.

This week, I heard from the teachers at an elementary school in Maryland who self-initiated and then completely managed a magazine drive with students that collected 523 magazines for a local food pantry and shelter. The great power of this effort, aside from feeding hundreds of children and families hungry to read, is that it was done on their own by utilizing the information on our website. This is exactly the kind of leveraged effort that we are working to replicate in communities across the U.S. and around the world, working with education, reading, magazine, and hunger relief, and other stakeholders.

Learn more about our grassroots magazine literacy campaigns and how to start one in your community in our blog, written by volunteers. Sign-up today to launch a KinderHarvest magazine recycling team in your town.

  • Maryland Correctional Institution–Jessup (MCIJ)

    School or Library
    Jessup, Maryland
    Serving male adults 18-60 years of age. From pre-literacy to varying reading levels.
    Needs magazines for 30 students monthly
    Magazines Requested: Students enjoy nonfiction magazines with lots of pictures and short articles–this would include magazines about animals, geography, science, food, clothing, anything relevant to today’s world. National Geographic for Kids would be wonderful.

  • Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County

    501(c)(3) Charity
    40 individuals per month of both genders age 16 and older. Some children are immigrants
    Phoenix, AZ, USA
    Needs: 40 per month
    Magazines requested: any and all magazines.

  • Adult Literacy Plus Of Southwest Arizona

    501(c)(3) Charity, School or Library, Adult Education, GED
    Yuma, AZ
    Serving a minimum of 150 students a month ranging in ages from 16 to 70 years old. Reading levels range from third grade to first-year college levels. However, the most common age of students is between 19 and 35.
    Needs: Approximately 150 magazines per month
    Magazines Requested: Magazines showing places, people, and animals around the world. Any magazines about hobbies or sports. Magazines that open students’ eyes to the world around them.

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