Fight poverty by feeding hungry minds.

Feed Hungry Minds

Share stories you love.

The bookworms in your family can regularly send new or gently used books to families hungry for reading material.

Possible recipients

This is a project through Family-to-Family, a national hunger relief organization that serves over 430 families in 20 of our poorest communities. For project details, go to the One Book at a Time information page.

What you’ll need

  • A new book at the reading level of your assigned child
  • Paper, pen, and other writing materials


  • Email with your name, address and phone number.
  • After you are matched with a child, go to the store and pick out a book with your child. Or together peruse children’s books online and order one that way. (The Family-to-Family Amazon store gives a percentage of your purchase back to the nonprofit.)
  • Send a letter with the book. Depending on his or her age, your child can write the letter with you or draw pictures.
  • Send a new book each month.


  • How would it feel to not have any books in our house?
  • Why is learning to read so important?
  • What might it feel like to depend on another family to receive books and other necessities?
  • What is your favorite book?


  • Wild About Books by Judy Sierra (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2004). Ages 4-8. When a librarian accidentally drives her bookmobile to the zoo, the animals learn the joy of reading.
  • The Hard-Times Jar by Ethel Footman Smothers (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003). Ages 4 and up. Emma dreams of owning a real book. When she goes to school, she is astonished to learn the wonders of the library.
  • The Library by Sarah Stewart (Square Fish, 2008). Ages 5 and up. Passionate reader Elizabeth Brown comes up with a splendid idea for what to do with her too many books.
  • My Librarian Is a Camel by Margriet Ruurs (Boyds Mills Press, 2005). Ages 9-12. Ruurs explains how librarians in 13 different countries provide books to patrons (for example, by camel in Kenya).

Take it further

  • If you are able, sponsor more than one child.  Perhaps Family-to-Family can match each of your children to a separate child.
  • Organize a book drive in your school or neighborhood. Ask your local book store or library for donations.

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