Inspiring Youth Project of the Month: Food for All Seasons


This season often brings feelings of togetherness and reflection. For many it is a time to think about the past, and look forward with hope and commitment to make a positive impact in the coming year. It is during this time of thankfulness that people sometimes recognize there’s more that they can do for others – that’s the Roots & Shoots way! It is in this spirit that we are happy to announce November’s project of the month: Food Bank, from Marshall, Michigan! 

We feel so grateful to have so many caring groups that create projects using Roots & Shoots’s 4-Step Formula. When this group wanted to “Get Engaged” (Step 1) in their community, they decided that food justice and security was an important issue to them. They then “Observed” (Step 2) food drives in their area and realized that many of these were concentrated around the holiday season. Instead of holding one big food drive at the end of the year, these Roots & Shoots problem-solvers realized it would be easier to “Take Action” (Step 3) by asking people to donate a little bit at a time, throughout the year! Every two months, they chose a different item or two to request from their fellow students; for example, they collected boxes of dry food for two months, then soup and dried pasta for the next two months. In addition, they got the word out about their project through posters, morning announcements, and even lunch question-and-answer sessions! 

At the end of each two-month period, the students gathered as a group to deliver the food they’d collected to their local food pantry, which is a great way to “Celebrate” (Step 4) their collective action! 

Inspired to start your own project? We got you.

Once you’ve come up with a project, be sure to register it on our website for a chance to be featured in a future project of the month! Not a Roots & Shoots member yet? You’re only a few clicks away! 

Not sure how to start a project? Use our 4-Step Formula to find ways to make an impact in YOUR community! Remember to invite your friends to help out, because even when we take small actions, they’re multiplied by collaboration. You can even create a Roots & Shoots group at your school, or join one already in your area! 

Looking for a quick way to help out? 

Our 1-click actions have got you covered! Prevent food waste by becoming a Food Waste Warrior today and share to your local free pantry to Spread the Hope.  

About Author

Kira is the communications coordinator for JGI programs at the Jane Goodall Institute USA, where she supports the team in advancing public engagement with JGI's holistic programs. Kira graduated from Smith College in 2021, majoring in anthropology and minoring in art history, and during her time there she developed a deep interest in the field of anthrozoology. Her interests within this field are broad, and have led her to study elephant iconography in the U.S. and wildlife management in Tanzania. JGI's values and mission as well as the mindset of anthrozoology guide her work, exploring the interactions between humans and other animals in order to promote a healthier coexistence on this shared planet.