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Read to Feed

Just in time for the school year, we are happy to announce this year's Read to Feed program, an engaging way for teachers to inspire students to read while raising funds to help end poverty and hunger.

Our all-new program materials, paired with a proven curriculum that meets Common Core standards, provides teachers with new ways to motivate children to read and learn about global issues. This program can be customized for any classroom based on the specific reading goals of that classroom or each student.

Teachers and classroom leaders can order the Read to Feed kit by mail for easy-to-use program resources. In addition, you can find lesson plans, exciting videos, certificates, donation forms and other information online at

Laura Stoner, a teacher and Parent Teacher Organization representative for Morgan Township Reading Counts Program—a school with a very successful Read to Feed effort last year—said, “The students started reading and did not look back. It is interesting to me that each year we offer the kids prizes to read–we have never seen them read like this.”

“I think the difference this year has been that when they read they make a difference for someone else. I also think that they grasped the idea of community. When each one does a little it adds up to a lot,” continued Stoner.

Children participating in Read to Feed (individually or as a group) get sponsors for each book, chapter or unit of time they read during their challenge period. Teachers can create their own customized fundraising page on the website to offer sponsors an easy way to donate and to keep track of their progress toward their goal. At the end of the program, the group pools the funds raised and decides which animals to donate through Heifer International, which will help families move from hunger to self-reliance.

Heifer International’s animal gifts are fun, but they’re also powerful instruments in the struggle against hunger. Animals provide nutrition for malnourished families, and their excess products (eggs, milk, wool, etc.) can be sold for money to pay for school, medicine and other expenses. When they reproduce, their offspring will be passed on to another family in need through Heifer's Passing on the Gift® model. With the gift of an animal, any student can be a part of the solution to hunger and poverty. It is an accomplishment that will instill the values of helping marginalized families in the world.

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Linda Meyers

Linda Meyers, an Arkansas transplant originally from St. Louis, Mo., started working at Heifer International in 2011. She enjoys dragging her three children on nature hikes and snapping photos of them and everything around her. She has a bachelor’s degree in English has been “in the process” of writing the great American novel for 24 years.