Thinking of Others

December 6, 2011

I’m so excited it’s December, although I can’t figure out how we got here so quickly.

December is always jam packed with good friends and family, good wine, and good food. At least it is for me, but I try to remember it’s not that way for everyone. For some people, food is scarce this time of year. I read somewhere that it’s estimated that 1 in 6 people in our country is now food insecure.

Did you know that the holiday season is the busiest for food banks? Many food banks in the country have seen a 25% increase in need this year but their donations and resources have not increased at the same rate.

I know it’s a busy time of year for us all, but there are some super quick, simple ways that you can help with cash donations to food banks during the holidays. And, since I know you’re in a giving mood this time of year, I’m confident you’ll join me in making a difference.

  • Here’s just about the easiest way ever to help. Play the Kraft Fight Hunger Facebook game, and for each point you earn in the game,  the equivalent of one meal will be donated to Feeding America. Come on. You can take five minutes away from Angry Birds. I know you can.
  • Check out Hunger. Many grocery stores throughout the country participate in a campaign called Check Out Hunger. When you’re checking out at the grocery store, the cashier will ask you if you’d like to add a little extra, usually $1, $3, or $5. Why not say, “yes,” next time you are asked?
  • Donate through a food bank’s website. Search for a regional food bank near you online, and make a donation directly through their website if they have that option.

Text your donation. Texting a donation is even easier than donating through a website because you don’t need to input your credit card information. The amount of the donation is added to your phone bill. Search for your regional food bank, and look on their website for the donation tab. If they accept text donations, you’ll find the number to text on the website.

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