Food banks, as private operations, don’t get federal money and are supported by individual donations or corporate dollars. But it’s much more difficult to fundraise during the pandemic. The best way to help right now is to either volunteer or donate money

Volunteer for one of the weekly mobile distribution events that need a lot of hands-on help to run smoothly. There are assignments of all sorts, ranging from directing traffic to loading groceries into families’ cars. Right now there are volunteer shortages, so check with your local food bank to see what they need. 

Use Feeding America’s website to search for a food bank near you

There are also a number of other worthy nonprofits that can use your donations:

  • Save the Children is delivering meals to kids during the pandemic. 
  • Blessings in a Backpack helps provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise not have enough to eat.
  • World Central Kitchen purchases meals from local restaurants and delivers them to people who need them. 

GiveDirectly, has partnered with Propel, a company that uses technology to help SNAP recipients (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program once known as food stamps) manage their benefits, and gives cash to people chosen at random, like a lottery. Recipients must receive SNAP benefits and also use Fresh EBT, a food stamp balance smartphone app.

The pandemic has created a crisis for so many families when it comes to feeding their children and themselves. Let’s step up, and give our time or our money to help meet the need! 

Kendall Webb, Executive Director

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