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.