5 Ways To Help Your Local Food Bank

Agonist has put together 5 ways that you can help your local food bank this Thanksgiving as they struggle against more demand and higher prices in their mission to make sure that everyone has a happy Thanksgiving.

You can search for a food bank in your area and check to see how it spends its money with Charity Navigator. If you don’t have any food to give, send cash!

Five Thanksgiving Tips to Help Out Your Local Food Bank [Agonist]
Food Banks [Charity Navigator]


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  1. SVreader says:

    Giving cash helps out much more than donations of actual food. Many food banks have deals with grocers and producers, and can get way more food with cash donations than they can with food donations.

    Second Harvest of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties has a great donation page illustrating how far donation money can go: [friends.2ndharvest.net]

  2. Freedomboy says:

    Wife and I have begun the process of agressive samples collection, in the hotels we stay at we save the wrapped soaps and such, we are clicking on sample offers on the ‘net, keeping all those spare toothbrushes and floss the dentist hands out, taking advantage of samples in the stores “given out” as promotions. Same thing with corporate imprinted lap blankets, tote bags, gift selections of small pleasant items.

    Giving means being aware 24/7 that someone somewhere does not have what you have and then acting upon that knowledge.

  3. DrGirlfriend says:

    I had never thought of the shampoo samples, etc, as being good to donate to food banks. It’s a great idea.

  4. missdona says:

    I made a donation to the NY food bank this morning this morning through Goldstar Events. $10 makes 50 meals. That’s really remarkable.


  5. KJones says:

    Try giving gift certificates to supermarkets or department stores, such as 20 or 40 at $5 each. The recipients can use them to buy what they need (and perhaps the food banks don’t have), plus gift certificates (usually) can’t be used to buy wasteful stuff like cigarettes or alcohol. The small amount also allows the food bank to distribute them more effectively. This is also a good idea to try at xmas.

    Another thing food banks don’t get enough of (despite the fact that many or the poor are single mothers) is feminine needs. If you’re a guy, ask your wife/girlfriend to come along and help because they’ll know better what to buy (and it will also be less embarassing).

  6. RandomHookup says:

    Everybody should at least one go work a volunteer shift in a food sorting operation in a big food bank. You’ll learn how to determine if your food has gone bad, you’ll see how much waste there is coming from stores and you see how crappy packaging causes damage in shipping and storage. Plus the ratio of women to men on volunteer projects is something all single guys should take advantage of.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Why bother donating to the foodbank when Oprah thinks you should not be eating at all ! Diet she says, save all the money for me !