Today I wanted to highlight a local effort for us, but most definitely an issue that faces all communities – relieving hunger. Here in Raleigh and the surrounding area, the Heart of Carolina Food Drive is going on right now.
Heart of the Carolina‘s focus is about relief:
The Heart of Carolina Food Drive is a community-wide food and funds drive to help stock the Food Bank shelves for the coming winter months. Each fall hundreds of local corporations, businesses, schools, club and individuals join together with ABC 11 Eyewitness News and all our sponsors to raise food and funds, which provides help to more than 560,000 children, parents and grandparents who are at risk of hunger throughout central & eastern North Carolina.
Most Needed Items for the Food Drive
If you want to donate food and supplies, here is a list of the most needed items.
- Food: Breakfast Bars,
- Canned Foods: Meats/Meals, Fruit , Juice Boxes, Peanut Butter, and Shelf-stable Milk
- Baby Products: Diapers, Baby Wipes, Infant Formula
- Hygiene Products: Feminine Products, Hand Sanitizer, Toothbrushes
- Paper Products: Plastic Utensils, Cups, Napkins, Paper Plates, Toilet Tissue, and Paper Towels
If you want to get involved, please visit the Heart of Carolina’s site for more information about special event and drop off locations.
I know that most My Financial Review readers are outside the Raleigh region. If you’d like to support your local food bank’s efforts, please check out Feeding America. In case you’re not familiar with them, they’re one of the biggest hunger-relief charities in the country. They have a network of over 200 food banks. With as many as 14 million children and 3 million seniors not knowing where their next meal will come from, Feeding America is a blessing. Some programs that Feeding America runs to address these dire needs include:
- Kids Cafe: The program provide free meals and snacks to low-income children through a variety of community locations where children already congregate. The children also receive nutritional education.
- CSFP: The Commodity Supplemental Food Program provides commodity food packages for low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, other new mothers up to one year postpartum, infants, children up to their sixth birthday, and elderly persons at least 60 years of age who meet income eligibility requirements.
- Disaster Relief: Feeding America utilizes their national network to provide relief and recovery for areas hit by disasters.
Your Dollars Go Further
Every dollar you give to Feeding America can give 8 meals. I’d consider us a frugal family, but that amount of value is still astounding to me. That means that you can help a family in need for much less than you expect.
- $21 can feed a family for 2 weeks
- $45 can feed a family for a month
- $135 can feed a family for 3 months
Thoughts on Giving Back
Of course, please don’t limit yourself to just one day of giving. There are many worthy causes that could you use your support. I’d love to hear from you about the charities that you’re a fan of.
Photo Credit: Darwin Bell