Five Ways to Support Hunger Relief This Holiday Season
Holiday wish lists often look different when you are facing hunger. Along with full stockings, we want our neighbors in need to have full pantries. And meals at the kitchen table.
In North Texas, more than 800,000 people – including 1 in 5 children – do not know where their next meal will come from. Increased food prices and supply chain disruptions are affecting food banks and households’ budgets, intensifying the struggles of our neighbors. Increased costs may require families to make choices between food and buying gas or paying rent. And many will turn to food banks to help make ends meet.
We know many people are looking for ways to give back to their community, especially during this season of giving. Please see below five ways you can support the North Texas Food Bank and hunger relief and help fulfill the real holiday wish lists for our neighbors experiencing hunger.
- Make a gift in honor or memory of a loved one. A tribute gift is a great way to celebrate the holidays or honor a loved one’s legacy while helping neighbors facing hunger. Tributes can be digital or print. For print tributes, we will send a card on your behalf with the message, “A gift has been made in your honor to the North Texas Food Bank.” All print donation requests for the holidays must be received by December 10 to have in time for Christmas. Click here to make a tribute gift.
- Give back while you shop. We are grateful for the many community partners who give to the Food Bank throughout the year. And the holiday season always brings a variety of opportunities for the public to enjoy some of their favorite products, retail establishments, restaurants and more while supporting hunger relief in North Texas. Check out the promotions and campaigns that are donating a portion of their proceeds this holiday season to NTFB. Don’t forget to set up Amazon Smile if you are using Amazon for online shopping.
- Donate your time. As the need for hunger assistance remains elevated, so does the Food Bank’s need for volunteers. These helping hands are needed more than ever as we enter this busy season. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit here: ntfb.org/volunteer.
- Support the Face of Hunger campaign. No one should face hunger alone. The holidays are especially challenging for our neighbors experiencing food insecurity. The NTFB Face of Hunger campaign continues through December 31. Right now, gifts are doubled thanks to generous $200,000 match from Sammons Enterprises and the Beaumont Foundation of America. $1 = 6 meals. For more information and to give this holiday season, visit FaceOfHunger.org
- Donate our most needed food. If you are conducting a food drive or just want to send a few of our most-needed items, please visit our Amazon Wishlist. Some of the programs we support, particularly our Child Programs, have very specific criteria of the food they can accept, so we are always updating this list to represent our immediate needs.
This holiday season – and always – we are grateful for the support of our donors, volunteers, advocates and community partners. Thank you for all you do in the fight against hunger!
Caryn Berardi is a Communications Specialist for the North Texas Food Bank.