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How To Share A Holiday Feast With Your Community

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When you think of the holiday season, it’s really easy to think about sharing a beautiful meal with your friends and family. Before you have your own holiday feast this year, check out our list of how you can share meals with those who may be less fortunate:

  • Work with Meals on Wheels. Gather your friends and family to volunteer with your local Meals on Wheels organization. Whether you’re preparing food, or just delivering food, you’ll be able to spend quality time with your loved ones while doing something great for others.

  • Volunteer at your local soup kitchen. Consider creating a new tradition of serving a meal at your local soup kitchen with your family before you sit down for your own feast. This will be an incredibly rewarding thing to do this year and every year.

  • Host a “Virtual Food Drive”. Your local food bank’s website should provide information on how to set up a virtual food drive, but you can send out this link with your holiday party invitations. It only takes a few minutes to set up, and your friends can purchase exactly what the food bank needs directly from them.

  • Buy extra food at your local supermarket, and donate there. But before you do this, check in with your local food bank’s website to see the types of meals and supplies they actually need. Buying canned foods is not always the healthiest thing, and it often results in waste. Think of healthier, non-perishable alternatives, like bottled water, crackers, dried fruit, and more.

  • Host a party, and ask your guests to donate cash to your local food bank. The most effective way to contribute to food banks is to donate money. Food banks buy their meals at wholesale costs, and monetary donations are the best way to give back. The Food Bank For New York City says that every $1 donated will provide 5 meals for New Yorkers in need, so a little bit can go a very long way.

It’s easy to work with your friends and family to give back to those who are in need this holiday season.