On Giving Tuesday, charitable giving is the top of mind for many individuals but how can you give back in the best way?
Those looking to impact their local community, and the work that their food bank does have a few options to make a meaningful contribution.
1. Donate most needed food items. A basic list is available here What to Donate, or contact your local food bank directly to find out about their specific needs.
2.Volunteer, at the holidays and in the new year. The holiday season is a very busy time for food banks, but consider also volunteering with them in the New Year when the influx of holiday volunteers slows down. Volunteering may look different this year, please contact your food bank to make sure you are aware of any new COVID protocols in place.
3.Donate online. Food banks are able to secure lower, bulk food pricing on many items through a local supplier, with a donation made online they can purchase exactly what is need for their clients. Find your charity at: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/ or contact your local food bank directly.
4.Promote your local food bank online, and by word of mouth. If you are unable to give time or funds yourself, consider promoting the work of your local food bank online to raise awareness.
5.Don’t forget about your food bank after the holiday season is over. This is typically a time that donations drop-off for food banks, and after a few months donations from holiday giving start to be depleted. Please think of your food bank if you can give after the holiday season as well.