Charitable donations may be on your mind as the holiday season approaches. About 30% of annual charitable donations occur in December, so it’s no surprise that the holiday season is a big time for giving. Here are some tips for making the most significant impact with your food donations this year.
Donate the Most Needed Items
To make the most impactful donation, it will help to find out what food banks need. If they are getting lots of rice, you might want to donate something different, like canned food or condiments. Some donation sites also accept hygiene items and those may be in demand especially if there aren’t many items of that type being donated. The best way to find out what food banks and other organizations need is to ask them. You can use this tool to find food banks near you; they would be happy to let you know what they would like to have more of.
Although food donations are important, food banks and other organizations often need your time, especially during the holidays. They need help doing things like organizing, packing, and delivering donations. Otherwise, all that food will sit around waiting for someone to get to it. Make your donation a social activity and bring along your friends to help make a more significant impact. Many hands make light work, and you may even want to get a group together again in the future.
Charitable donations are not just a seasonal thing. Although the holiday season generates the most donations, food banks need your help all year. Consider making donations this holiday season and later in the year when food banks aren’t getting the same attention they do near the holidays. Donations during slower months can help make a more significant impact than when food is flooding in.
There are lots of ways to enhance your food donation. As the holidays approach and throughout the year keep these tips in mind to help maximize your impact in the fight against hunger.
The One Initiative unites C.R England and England Logistics in the fight to end childhood hunger. Learn more about work of the One Initiative at oneagainstchildhoodhunger.com.