There are numerous counties throughout the USA that host food drives. They are designed to help low income families get the food that they need to survive. It is a time when communities have to come together to help those in need and it is expected that only those who are in need will show up to get free food. Will you take part in the next food drive in your area, either way, a volunteer or a person who needs a little help? Either way, you are welcome to attend.
The Foods Available
Most often, the foods included may be things like peanut butter, jelly, canned foods, dry noodles, beans, and sometimes maybe bread or dessert foods. Typically, the idea is non-perishable food items, but occasionally you will also have a food drive that will give away milk and frozen meats. There may also be special boxes for families. They will often include foods and snacks that are great for toddlers. There are also times when the more people you have in your home, the more food you will receive.
When Will a Food Drive Take Place?
In some counties, there are food drives each week, but they may be located in different areas around town. You may have a church host one monthly and the salvation army on another week. Other places throughout the community may also participate in some way to help low-income families. To find out when a food drive may be hosted in your area, you can contact local churches, ask friends, or check local newspapers.
Food and More
There are also some churches that go beyond food. They may offer free clothing or cheap prices on furniture that is available. Often, these places require you to take only one full outfit per member of your family. This is often because of a limited supply and most of it comes in as donations from members of the church. You are welcome to show up for free food or clothing at any time and if you do not need those things, you can show up as a volunteer. Everyone will be happy to see you there.
Not everyone is willing or able to donate to a food bank, but there are a lot who can and do. There are people within all communities who are able to help others and they often go above and beyond what is expected of them. These outstanding food bank supporters also gain from the things that they do. That is why most people say if you have it to give, you should join in their efforts.
Who Donates to Food Banks?
There are people from all walks of life that donate the food that they can to banks. They live in all communities around the world. You may think that only those people who are rich do it, but this could not be further from the truth. They are young people, older people, small business owners, and big company owners. They may be people who offer aquatic welding and people who run small, “mom and pop” restaurants and diners. They are people who simply feel it is a good idea to help their community become stronger.
What Do These People Gain from Donating?
Often, for many people, it is not something that they hope to gain from. They simply want to show their support for food banks and helping homeless or lower income families survive. However, most of these people and business owners still gain. They gain satisfaction in knowing that they have done something good for others. An individual may be recognized as charitable. They may stand out in the community as a good family to know. As business owners, they may also gain a better reputation in the community because their name is put out there on a larger scale as a “business that cares”. The more that they do, the more their company name will be heard and as those families get on more stable ground, they may turn to that company for their own needs. In short, it becomes a pay it forward type situation where everyone gains from a little bit of kindness.
Are You Ready to Give?
Admittedly, by giving to food banks and showing your support for them, you may never get your name in lights. This does not mean that there will not be rewards. By providing homeless people with food and volunteering either food or a little bit of your time, you are showing everyone that it is good to give. You will become a person who is known to care about the community and makes it so that things within your area start to change and improve. Eventually, you may notice fewer homeless people on the streets. This could also mean fewer crimes and “slums”. The bigger the city, the bigger the issues, and the more a little bit of your time and money can make a difference. You simply have to decide that you are ready to start doing something more positive. You do not have to give much. You only have to give what you are able to give. The rest will take care of itself.
Is solving hunger something you feel is very important? If so, you can join in annual fundraising drives to help combat the fact that people are starving in your area. In your community. In fact, there has never been a better time for you to get involved. There are even numerous things that you can do if you want to do even more for the area that you call home.
The Ways You Can Help Fight Hunger
Most people think that hunger is not their problem to solve. They feel that the people who are having issues finding food are there because the choose to be. The first thing you have to do to help fight hunger is to acknowledge that they are not always hungry because of choices that they have made. They are people who have fallen on hard times. They are people like you who are simply suffering and perhaps been dealt a rotten hand. Once you have done that, you can get involved with food drives and more. Your creativity is your only limit. If you have a business, you can accept donations for food drives or host your own mini-fundraiser. If you have a lot of friends, you and your friends can team up to do something to gain attention for those who are in need of a solid meal. If neither of those situations includes you, you can simply volunteer to hand out food at a food bank or food drive event or you can give food that your family may not need to someone who does need it.
Why Get Involved Now?
The number of elderly, retired or disabled veterans, and children who go to bed hungry each night is overwhelming. They do not all live in other countries. They are in our country, in our states, and in our neighborhoods. They are people of the community that you may be a part of. They are homeless and in need of someone to notice that they are doing without. You could be that person for them and perhaps make things better for them in some way. It is important that you at least consider becoming involved.