I know during the fall we all give thanks for everything that we do have. Did you know that 1 in 5 children here in the United States does not have enough to eat every day?
I recently wrote about the Turning the Tables on Childhood Hunger. I wrote about the many different ways you can help those in need. You can always donate to your local charities; you can purchase food and help someone directly, volunteering time at your local food bank, are just a few ways you can help those in need.
I think the most important thing to realize is that you can make a change for people in your area. Whether it is you cleaning out your pantry bringing a few extra cans to your local church or charity. You can simply drop off a sack of groceries for someone in need, or donate your time and a cash donation to a local food bank. In my area, we have red food donation barrels at the grocery store. Sometimes I buy an extra jar or two of peanut butter or tuna fish and put those into the barrel when I leave the store. Where I live 1 in 5 people are assisted by food pantries once a month. I like being able to donate very directly to those in need.
Unilever Project Sunlight is a website that can give you many more tips on helping to Turn the Tables on Childhood Hunger. What I love about this website is that they give you many suggestions for what you can do. Learn about the many ways you can Share A Meal – because no child should face hunger.
Share A Meal – My Efforts
I belong to a wonderful group of ladies in the north side of Houston. We often get together and do a wide variety of activities. To help those in need, we gathered up a group of ladies and spent a Saturday morning working at the Houston Food Bank.
Donating time at the Houston food bank is completely rewarding. They have 4 hour shifts set up, two a day, one in the morning at 8 A.M. and one in the afternoon at 1 P.M. I will say that you really hustle when you work at the Houston Food Bank. We met up with several others, and we packaged together meals for seniors.
You never know what you will be doing there; it is based upon their need. Our first time we went we assembled meals for seniors. We put together almost boxes of meals for seniors this particular day. Our guides at the Houston Food Bank called our group ‘The Beast,’ we managed to do 4 hours of work in less than three hours.
We went again October 4th. This day we worked in the big carousel room where you sort food from donations and get them ready to go out to the various charities in the Houston area. We worked very hard to sort the food as it came over through and move it along to the next station. What I really love about this, is at the end of your 4 hour shift they tell you how many pounds of food you worked on and how many meals you helped to provide.
Join me on November 8th
If you want to join us, we will be going again on November 8th. You can contact me through the contact page if you want to join in. I have to say I find donating time at the Houston Food Bank to be very rewarding. I know that November will be one of their busiest months, so the help would be much appreciated. If you would like to join there, we will get there about 7:45 in the morning. I will love to meet you if you can come out. I would encourage you to bring a can or two to share with others when you come out to donate time.
People as young as 8 can donate their time, even if you need light duty work, it is available. Be sure to wear clothes you feel comfortable working in and shoes cover up your toes you will be ready to go. The Houston Food Bank Portwall Location can be found on this link.here.