How To Help During The Holidays
It certainly doesn’t feel like it’s already time to mention Thanksgiving, it feels like just a few weeks ago we were still outside swimming, soaking up the sun and basking in the warm temperatures. But, believe it or not, Thanksgiving in only a month away. For most families it is a time to come together and share our gratitude over a delicious feast. Each family has their own traditions that they look forward to each year but some families aren’t as fortunate.
There are millions of people in America that struggle to put food on the table not just for Thanksgiving, but throughout the rest of the year as well. These struggles become even more apparent during winter months when locally grown foods are out of season, making it harder to find the good deals they count on throughout the growing and harvesting seasons. No one should have to wonder what, if anything, will be on their table for holiday meals.
Local food banks or pantries are a source of hope for many of these families during the holiday season. Food banks are usually the organizations you see doing canned food drives, collecting donations and helping to reduce the amount of people that are “food insecure.” They distribute what they’ve collected and purchased through donations to local food pantries that then distribute to families in need. Food banks are not government agencies, they are private organizations that receive most of their funding from generous donors and are usually nonprofits as well.
In the Boise area we have around 82 food pantries that families can visit to receive help based on their needs and the size of the family. Many are run and funded by local churches but there are also a number of them that are privately owned and operated. They rely on donations, volunteers and private funding to continue helping families in need. Their missions are simple, to provide nourishing food to families that otherwise wouldn’t have access to it, and that’s a mission we can get behind.
There are numerous ways that you can help these organizations. If you’re a member of a church that has a food pantry, or if you prefer to work with a nonprofit, you could volunteer, donate or help distribute the food. With Thanksgiving right around the corner these organizations need more help then ever. They usually have food drives to build up their reserves and distribution days where they either hand out or even deliver food to local families in need and can use donations and volunteers to help with these efforts.
At HD Insurance we have the upmost respect for those who dedicate themselves to helping others. We love working with, volunteering and donating to organizations like the Cascade Food Pantry, which helps families in their community while combating the underlying issues of hunger and poverty through education, training, counseling and encouragement provided through a dynamic and aggressive partnership with private and public agencies and programs.
If you would like more information on how you can help those in need this holiday season, contact us today and we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.