In America today, we are celebrating our freedom and self-determination. To survive in our world, each human needs food, water, shelter, and literacy. Reading is where it all begins. Literacy is the catalyst for human dignity, productivity, prosperity, collaboration, civility, and community.
Literacy ends poverty. In the U.S. alone, there are over 40 million at-risk readers with little or no access to useful reading materials. According to Reading is Fundamental, two-thirds of children in poverty – over 12 million kids and their families – have zero books at home where reading habits take hold – zero.
Worldwide, hundreds of millions of people lack access to reading materials. With titles and rich content in words and pictures for every reading age, interest, and language, magazines and comics are the most powerful literacy engines on the planet. Over 360 million magazines are printed each month worldwide, enough to erase this deficit.
MagazineLiteracy.org works in partnership with publishers and consumers to rescue and upcycle magazines and comics for delivery to at-risk readers via foodbanks and food pantries, homeless and domestic violence shelters, youth mentoring and job trainig programs, and foster care. This is our moonshot – standing up the largest humanitarian literacy marketplace on Earth.
For happy independence every day, join us to iMAGine what’s possible, and make it so.