The good news is that it is easy to get involved! Here are a few ideas:
Organize a food drive
Get together with your friends or co-workers to organize a food drive for your local food bank or pantry at your work, school, apartment complex, etc. Check out your local food bank's website to see what items they need the most and if they have any tips for organizing a food drive or any promotional materials/posters that you can use.
Donate to your parish’s food drive
Most parishes host food drives at periodically throughout the year, especially during the holiday season. Bring a few extra items this year.
Add it to your weekly shopping list
Each time you go grocery shopping, pick up an extra item or two from the list on the right for your local food bank, shelter, soup kitchen, or other charity. Hunger exists year-round. No donation is too small.
Sign up to serve food
Each person has dignity and deserves respect. Look for soup kitchens or holiday dinners being held in your area and sign up to help serve food. Go with your spouse, a friend, or make it an activity for your family, youth group or club. Not sure where to start? Try your local Catholic Charities or Salvation Army, or ask a local church.
Learn about the issue
Find out about hunger and poverty statistics in your area, and identify local assistance programs - food pantries, soup kitchens, food stamps, shelters, etc. A good place to start is the food bank locator on Feeding America's website, which also gives food insecurity, poverty and unemployment statistics for each state. Check out some of the other links on the upper right-hand side of this page.
Help Stop the Waste of Food
According to Feeding America, "Each year, billions of pounds of food and grocery items are thrown away....if we could recover just 5% of the food wasted, we could help feed 14 million people."
On October 1, 1996, President Clinton signed the Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act to help encourage donation of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations so that they can be distributed to people in need. Visit Feeding America's Protecting Our Partners page to learn more about this law.
Does your favorite restaurant have leftover food at the end of the day? This food may be able to be distributed to programs for the homeless or shelters for victims of domestic violence. Contact Feeding America for details and to see guidelines for food storage and packaging.
Play Food for Families Trivia
Visit Feeding America's website. For every correct answer, you will help provide four pounds of nutritious food to people who really need it.