This holiday season Bridge is collecting food to support the RI Community Food Bank for the second year in a row. Hunger in our communities is certainly a year round problem. However, the holiday season is a great time for food drives because most people give thanks for their good fortune and feel most charitable. Last year, in our first drive we collected 254 pounds of food from our employees. This year our goal is to exceed 350 pounds of donated food.
We have been talking with our team about ways we can maximize our giving during this drive. My favorite is number 3 – a great opportunity for team bonding if you go shopping as a group:
- Shop for others when you shop for yourself. While you’re shopping for your groceries buy additional items to donate to the food drive.
- A little at a time; store your smaller sized donations until they accumulate and then bring them to donate.
- If you’re able to buy substantially more than stop and donate on your way home from the market.
- If you can afford to go big; do a separate shopping and spend what you would normally spend on your typical grocery store visit on non-perishable food and bring it directly to your food pantry or drop off site.
- Clean out your pantry. Look for items that you can do without. Make sure all donated food hasn’t exceeded expiration dates.
- During your lunch break go shopping with some of your co-workers and together shop for the hungry.
Whatever method works best for you, you will help people in need. The RI Community Food Bank and their network of partners provide food to more than 63,000 Rhode Islanders each month. One in three of those is a child under age 18. More ideas are needed, if you have one, please share it in the comments.