Updated: 22 November 2013
Contact: Stephen M.
Director of Research & Development
Resource Institute (UN:NGO:DESA)
Consortium Graduate Studies
for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine & Law
Nations Arts Initiative
Arts Integration Into Education
America's Action Plan for
Outreach the Key to Bridging Unmet Needs to Untapped Resources
As an athlete, coach of arts,
sports and Olympic development
programs, the focus was to share specialized training, normally
available to a privileged few, with a
broader spectrum of youth across America. This led to
development of two national youth leadership and
projects that reached hundreds of cities across the United States, the
substance abuse in 1990, in cooperation with the National Clearinghouse
for Drug and Alcohol Information (today CSAP), and the second for
hunger, homelessness and poverty in 1993, in cooperation with the U.S.
Committee on Hunger and twenty national organizations.
6000 mile double continental crossing, in 60 days, through 270 cities.
-- Daily youth and community talks, media interviews press
open the first toll free hotline (1-800-SAY-NO-TO-DRUGS or
1-800-729-6686) that provided access to free print materials and
audiovisual loan programs through the federal resource for alcohol and
The largest touch outreach ever coordinated through the Office for
Substance Abuse Prevention.
-- A 3000 mile run, 12-25 miles per day, from Washington, DC to San
in 133 cities that included scheduled youth and community talks, media
spotlight unmet needs of frontline programs across the United States.
Responding to the
In 1994, the cross section of unmet needs defined across the United
to the formation of the nonprofit organization Humanitarian Resource
Institute, with a mission focus to "Bridge Unmet Needs to
Untapped Resources" through advocacy and policy development. --
How to Help: Hunger & Homelessness in America
In 1993, the inability of the state and local government programs to
needs of front line programs across the United States prompted the need
for increased citizen involvement. The Run Across America for
Hunger, Homelessness and Poverty focused on networking the
booklet "How to Help: Hunger & Homelessness in America" that
included a 14 point
congressional mandate, constructed by the U.S. House Select Committee
On Hunger, to evaluate available
and unmet needs.
The focus of the following needs assessment is to help community
desire to advance strategic planning and development of solution
1. Is there a community based food delivery network in your area ? This
coordinated network would include food pantries, feeding programs, soup
kitchens, congregate meal programs and food banks.
2. Has a needs assessment been completed in your city/county area
within the last year ? This would be defined as a comprehensive effort
to collect information on the extent of food insecurity problems in the
3. Does your city/county area have an Anti-Hunger Policy Coalition ?
This program would be defined as a central group of residents who
gather information detailing the needs of the community to help develop
courses of action for responding to gaps in existing services.
4. Is there a program to communicate the availability of Federal Food
Assistance ? This program would educate residents about the various
federal food assistance programs and work with local officials and
private sponsors to improve the availability of services to all
5. Is there a working program to mediate Public/Private Partnership
? This would include working relations between government agencies,
private groups, non-profit organizations and businesses to work
to solve local food insecurity problems.
6. Are there any organizations promoting citizen involvement ? This
would include efforts to educate residents about local food insecurity
problems and encourage their involvement in activities to combat
7. Is there a communication network in place to provide information
and referral services ?
8. Are there pathways existent to expand sources of low-cost food ?
This area encompasses the development of creative food resources such
community gardens, buying clubs, food coops. farmers markets and
owned grocery stores.
9. Is there a program in your city/county area to target vulnerable
population groups ? These efforts would identify and target services to
those groups that are at high risk of food insecurity problems, such as
homebound elderly and small children.
10. Are there food distribution services for transporting food to
programs that provide emergency meals, etc. ?
11. Does your city/county provide direct access services: These are
sites that are easily accessible to community residents?
12. Does your city/county provide public transportation services ?
Residents, social service program administrators and public transit
systems should work together to establish public transportation routes
that provide direct community access to public assistance services and
13. Does your city/county provide nutrition education classes ? These
nutrition education programs are to help inform residents about the
relationship between diet and health, and help them develop nutritious
food buying and preparation habits.
14. Is your city/county area currently participating in gleaning
programs for collecting and channeling to needy persons, wholesome
foodstuffs which would otherwise go to waste ?
America's Action Plan for Community Service
The objective to bridge unmet needs to untapped resources continues
today through the "America's Action Plan for Community Service" that
includes the following objectives:
-- To empower youth and
community leaders with the tools they need to develop initiatives that
can effectively bridge unmet needs to untapped resources in their
-- To encourage the immediate development of a needs coordinating group
in every local community across the United States.
-- To encourage the development of a communication
network that would include the executive directors of all frontline
programs to obtain prioritized overviews of unmet community needs.
-- To encourage the construction of a grass roots communication network
to all churches, interfaith organizations, youth
leadership programs, volunteer programs, corporations, media
outlets (newspaper, radio and television)
, state and national
encourage the distribution of quarterly or bi-annual needs
Humanitarian Resource Institute
invites all American's
to support this grass roots initiative in cooperation with the
of the Corporation for National and