Our cause this week is Hunger — you can find a recap of the problem here.
1 HOUR ACTION PLAN:
Organize a Food Drive. We see these all the time around the holidays — trucks full of turkeys for Thanksgiving, etc., but what about the rest of the year? Reach out to your local pantry or soup kitchen and find out when donations are at their lowest and then plan your own drive! Involve friends, family, neighbors, co-workers or even a club you belong to. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your local grocery store, too, to see if they will help.
Set the collection dates/locations and provide a list (that you can get from your pantry) of what’s needed most. Then spread the word! Social media is great for this. Explain what you’re doing and why you’ve chosen that time of year. If your Facebook friends live too far away, ask them to participate by donating to their local soup kitchen instead.
Don’t Forget the Pets! Many families who are going through tough times may also be struggling to feed their four-legged family members. Confirm with your soup kitchen or pantry first, but you’ll find that many of them also collect pet food supplies to hand out to those in need.