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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

  • Henderson Middle School

    School or Library
    Students Grades 6-8
    Richmond, VA USA
    Needs: 75 Magazines
    Magazines Requested Oprah, Ebony, Cobblestone, Highlights, Cricket, Calliope, OWL, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic for Kids, Kids Discover, ASK, Ranger Rick, Zoobooks, Dig, Boys Life, Teen Magazines and Music Related Titles.

  • Project Shoe Box

    Foster Care, Care Packages
    40 male and females age 5-18
    Wauwatosa, WI, USA
    Needs: 40 Magazines
    Any Magazines

  • Crittenton Women’s Union

    501(c)(3) Charity
    Boston, MA
    Serving Mothers from age 19-40 and children from infant to 5 years old. Most of the children are between 1 and 2.5 years of age.
    Needs: New or recycled magazines for 58 mother and 52 children.
    Magazines Requested: Magazines appropriate for children and toddlers. Magazines about nature, fashion, beauty, exercise. African American specific and Latina specific magazines. Any general women’s interest magazines.

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