Ten practical things you can do help in the fight against hunger

If you look on the right side of our new design, you’ll see a Hunger Tips widget (you can download this and put it on your own blog, if you like).  Each week, we’ll be adding new tips on practical things you can do to participate in the fight against hunger.

But we want to start with this list of ten things you can do, and recommend to the people who come to your food bank. Thanks to Joan Tomasini from the Food Bank of Contra Costa for sending these along.  If you have a tip you’d like to share with the world, get it to us and we’ll make certain it gets posted.

• Plant an extra row of vegetables in your garden and donate the extra vegetables to your local food bank
• Pick the extra fruit from your trees and donate it to your local food bank.
• Hold a neighborhood food drive. This is a great opportunity for children.
• Hold a food drive at your place of work, worship, school or ask a business you frequent to hold a food drive.
• If the local grocery store has a special campaign such as “Buy One Get One Free” give the free item to your local food bank.
• Have a party and ask everyone to bring bags of food rather than or in addition to gifts. A great way for children to be involved is to have them ask for food donations for their birthday and then have a birthday party at your food bank – have a tour, cake/ice cream and depending on the age a sorting food party.
• Take your children, school group or scout troop to the grocery store and show them how to read food labels so they can understand what food is nutritious and also learn about the cost of food. When you are doing this, have each of the children select some items that they would like to purchase for children and donate this food to your local food bank.
• Help your food bank become “green”. If they do not have a recycling program, help them create a plastic bag and paper bag recycling program, cardboard recycling, a plastic bottle/aluminum can recycling and office paper recycling. There is a wealth of information on the internet to get you started.
• Volunteer at your food bank: sorting or bagging food, answering phones, helping with mailings, distributing food at food distribution sites and helping with special events.
• Attend a Food Stamp Outreach training so you can help people access food stamps.