The holiday season is a time to give back, but what happens when there is nothing to give?
The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona announced on Wednesday they will not be able to distribute food boxes for the holiday season this year due to a lack of funds and food. According to the Arizona Daily Star, last year the food bank provided 20,000 families with holiday food boxes last year that cost a total of $350,000 in addition to the number of families the food bank assists every month.
The Salvation Army in Norwalk, CT is also in desperate need of help. WTNH News 8 reported that this is the first time in over a decade that they also do not have the funds or food to feed the projected 250 families that will walk through their doors. They estimate they may only have enough food to feed 50 families this Thanksgiving. In Colorado the Springs Rescue Mission and the Marion House Soup Kitchen are both in need of 600 turkeys in order to fill gift boxes and feed families on Turkey Day and are actively seeking donations.
Food banks in every corner of the country seem to have been hit hard by the economy. And unfortunately it’s not the government that is going to bail them out. They count on the generous donations of individuals. We all know that these past few years have been economically challenging and it can feel like it’s going to take a lot to fix the problems that we have, and it may. But remember a little bit goes a long way and there are lots of ways to give back. Clothes and non-perishable food items are just as good as money as a donation to these charities. So, what are you doing to help during the holiday season? Check out Salvation Army’s website or the list of food banks across the country on feedamerica.com to see how you can get involved. Every little bit helps! Happy Holidays!
- Jacksonville Salvation Army prepares for increased need this holiday season (charlotte.news14.com)
- Your chance to make Thanksgiving happy for the Valley’s needy families (rakcommunity.wordpress.com)
- Salvation Army Red Kettles Now Accept Credit Card Donations With Square (mashable.com)