Governor’s Project

NYCKI Governor’s Project: Food and Water

Food and water, two elements that are essential for human survival. It makes up the baseline of our lives. If the base isn’t there, neither will others like health and education. This service year of 2018-2019, the Governor’s Project is Food and Water which we, as a district, will support and participate in.

Food

795 million people in the world lack access to food to lead healthy lifestyles. 1 in 6 people in the US live in hunger, including 1in 5 children.

Ways to make a difference:

  • Host a food drive. Get together with your club to collect as many nonperishable foods as you can. You can even make it a contest to see who can collect the most cans. Going to supermarkets to collect food that they are about to toss is another great way to get food to add to the drive.
  • Volunteer at soup kitchens. What better way to help than through hands on service to give food directly to those that need it? Many colleges also work with food kitchens to bring them leftover food from dining halls.
  • Start a Community Garden. Starting a community garden is a great way to get hands on experience on how difficult it is to grow food. It’s also a great way to really get involved with the community.

Water

663 million people in the world still lack access to safe, clean drinking water. Every 21 seconds a child dies of a water-related disease. Women and children spend 6-8 hours each day fetching water in these affected communities.

Ways to make a difference:

  • Hold a water Walk. A water walk is a great way to start a conversation about the water crisis with the people in your community and inspire them to want to join the cause. The event consists of handing out free water bottles in a high-traffic area in order to get people to engage in a conversation with you about the ongoing water crisis and how they can help. Click here for more information!
  • Host a Gala. Hosting a gala dedicated to the water crisis and endorsing the Thirst Project is a fun way to create awareness of the issues and raise funds through ticket sales and donations. Click here for a helpful guide on hosting a gala!
  • Hold Fundraisers. Bake sales, skate nights, anything you can think of!

Click here for a PowerPoint template to use in your presentations!

Organizations to work with: