Every year around the holidays in the U.S., local charities bring our attention back to the plight of the hungry. With Thanksgiving just a day away, many of us have donated food to local drop-off points, scheduled our volunteer service for the holidays, and begun to donate to the causes that mean the most to us. However, there's still time to get involved. Here's a sampling of organizations you can use to make the holiday season a little brighter for those who need it most.
To search for foodbanks that might need help in your local area, visit Feeding America's website. The organization also conducts research that shows not only who is hungry in America but also how hunger impacts different segments of the population, from the working poor to specific minority groups.
There are many ways to give back. While volunteer spots for Thanksgiving and Christmas often fill up fast, foodbanks accept donations of food and funds year-round. Many local foodbanks, like FISH Foodbanks of Pierce County, accept payments online to make it even easier to give. The easiest way to make sure your gift, whether it's of time, physical goods, or money, has the most impact is to visit the foodbank's website, send them an email, or give them a call to see exactly what they need.
It also pays to check with local and state family service organizations, like Northern Virgina Family Service. These organizations often support families with funds for the holidays, emergency situations, and much needed services, from access to therapies to funds for school clothes. There are also many family service organizations that support members of specific cultures and religions, like Native American Family Service and Jewish Child and Family Service.
There are also many organizations around the world dedicated to fighting global hunger. Edesia, based out of Providence, Rhode Island, ships a range of food products specifically created to battle hunger and malnutrition to world aid organizations like UNICEF.
Whatever way you choose to give this holiday season, we at CommitChange hope your winter holidays are filled with family, joy, and laughter.