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Magazine Harvest for Food Banks – feed children and families hungry to read

Our vision is to marry the magazine publishing supply chain to the food bank supply chain to get the magazines we love into millions of hands and homes for literacy.

Magazine Harvest

Imagine our MAG HARVEST vision to get magazines for literacy from pallets to readers, and make it so:

Food Bank – Publisher Magazine Harvest for Literacy (PDF)

Organizations involved with hunger relief are among the best literacy partners. Supplying magazines to children and families has many parallels to supplying food to hungry families.

There are many valuable and important reading materials, but we know that magazines are especially powerful literacy resources for:

Magazine Supply ChainMagazine Harvest combines the enormous operational and delivery machines of magazine distribution and food distribution at every point in the supply chain. Food banks and community or regional hunger relief initiatives serve vast networks of organizations that get food to people in many ways. Ultimately, our mission is to get magazines into the hands, hearts, and homes of at-risk children and families – so matching magazine distribution with food distribution is very effective.

A magazine harvest is like food gleaning, a practice that is thousands of years old, where crops left in the field are gathered by humanitarians to feed hungry people, except this harvest feeds children and families hungry to read and succeed by sending the magazines we all love to families via food pantries, nutrition education, mentoring, and job training programs.

iMAGine the possibilities:

Imagine a hungry family finding a wonderful children’s magazine in their bag of groceries from a food pantry – or selecting magazines of their own. Imagine a mother and her child arriving at a homeless or domestic violence shelter with no possessions, finding safety, settling in, reading magazines to pass the time, then, each child leaving with a magazine labeled to say it’s their very own.

If a family receives a bag of groceries from a food pantry, then let’s get magazines into those bags, so they get into homes.

When a mom or a dad visits a food pantry, imagine a coffee table or a newsstand where they can select their own magazines to bring home.

School Bus and BackpackIf a child is taking food home in a back-pack to get their family through the weekend, then let’s get some magazines into those back-packs.

If we want to inspire eating good food, then food and cooking magazines can be helpful.

There are programs that train homeless or underemployed people to be chefs that can benefit from libraries of culinary magazines.

As long as it doesn’t interfere with food operations, a partnership with a food pantry or food bank can provide a facility for literacy operations where magazines are collected, sorted, and picked up by member agencies. There can be a wonderful synergy that benefits to food warehouse by bringing more volunteers to the facility who may also want to help in other ways. Because agencies come to food banks for food supplies, it’s natural to tap that supply chain for magazine distribution.

iMAGine… and make it so!

iMAGine Magazine Literacy

  • Rocking the Boat

    501(c)(3) charity
    Bronx, NY
    Serving roughly 75 boys and girls (high school)
    Magazines Requested: Wooden Boat magazine, Fine Woodworking, Sail, National Geographic

  • Casa Ramona Academy for Technology, Community, and Education

    School or Library
    San Bernardino, CA
    Need magazines for 22 males and 18 females between the ages of 11-16 years old
    Magazines Requested: Boys Life, Girls Life, National Geographic, Odyssey, Dig, Owl, Cobblestone, Ask en Español, Faces, Jack and Jill

  • 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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