Last Updated on September 12, 2020 by Ellen Christian
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Do you know why I give back to the community? I give back, so others get help. Years ago, when my kids were little, we had a few very difficult years. We relied on the food shelf in our area every week to make it. I made a promise that when we could, we would give back, so other people didn’t struggle like we did. This post has been sponsored by The Motherhood, but the story is my own.
Why I Give Back to the Community
If you’ve never been to the food shelf in your community, I highly recommend you visit. It may open your eyes. I volunteered on the board of our food shelf for a few years, and it opened my eyes. Most food shelves rely on donations of money and food from charities and the local community. The food they get as a donation is given back to those in need. The money they receive is used to buy food from places to fill in the gaps.
Food shelves can only give so much, and it’s not unusual for them to run out of good, nutritious food before the end of the month. That’s unfortunate because the end of the month is also when many people’s benefits for food stamps run out as well. Some food shelves turn to less nutritious food in their supply at this time so instead of getting cans of soup, beef stew and tuna, they may need to give out crackers or cookies instead. Or, they may need to turn people away.
As the largest domestic hunger-relief organization, Feeding America is leading the fight against hunger in our country. They help by feeding people and by raising awareness of the issue across the country. They run mobile food pantries, school food pantries, and senior grocery programs. They help with disaster relief and the SNAP program (food stamps). They also help with summer lunch programs for kids that get free lunch during the school year and the backpack program which sends kids home with nutritious food for the weekends. They do this with our voluntary donations. Just $1 provides 11 meals through their network food banks, and it’s very easy to donate.
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Here are 25 random acts of kindness ideas you can use to give back.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.