Most of us are blessed with a bounty of delicious foods and drinks – during the holidays and throughout the year. We may even have more than we can handle between gifts and leftovers! Many others around the country aren’t as fortunate.

According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 Americans struggles with food insecurity, meaning that “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.” Food insecurity can affect those who are ill, injured, out of a job, or just down on hard times. These affected might be senior citizens, college kids, or children. They may be members of your church, coworkers, neighbors, or even close friends or family. It can happen to anyone.

If you want to help those in need, consider donating food and other needed goods, money, or your time as a volunteer. Here are a few resources to get you started:

  • Visit Feeding America and Foodpantries.org – enter your location to find nearby food banks, pantries, and shelters.
  • Check with your local churches, hospitals, community centers, schools and universities to see if there are opportunities for you and your family to help those struggling with food insecurity.
  • Philabundance is a great organization helping those in need around the Philadelphia area – donate goods or your time at various locations and events, or donate money on the website.
  • MANNA is another Philadelphia-based charitable organization, the goal of which to provide meals to those in need, specifically battling serious diseases.

Share the love this holiday season – and throughout the year!

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