Let’s Make a Real Difference

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During this holiday season, let’s remember those who don’t have enough to feed their families. I’m not referring solely to the homeless, even if the need among them is staggering. I’m talking hard-working people who work themselves to the bone and are barely surviving.

Barely surviving in this country of plenty.

Since we’re lucky enough to have a roof over out heads and more than enough to feed our families, why not make a difference in someone’s life?

Here in Los Angeles, we have food banks everywhere. The largest organization and one of the best in terms of volunteers is the L.A. Regional Food Bank.

One dollar provides 4 meals. Think about that. Ten dollars (which can be donated via the link — no envelope necessary), feeds 40 people. Forty hungry souls, many of them children finding themselves in unimaginable situations through no fault of their own.

And through Feeding America, you can find your very local food bank.

Let’s give ourselves the gift of giving to others this holiday season — to those who need it most.

~~ Thank you M.J. Joachim for organizing the Holiday Food Drive, hosted by Effectively Human on Google+. My understanding is everyone can participate, and the more the better.  Let’s make a real difference.

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16 responses to “Let’s Make a Real Difference

  1. Silvia, my friend…I do agree with you, you are right…always, your blogs teach us something very important about the life…thank you!

  2. Thank you, Silvia :) Yes, every little bit helps and the more the merrier! Happy Friday to you!

  3. We also have a good food bank, but the Durham Rescue Mission really carries the load. We contribute every year because we know the money will be used wisely. Would that the government could do as well!

  4. That’s true. Every little bit helps.

  5. Hi Silvia .. great to see you spreading the word via MJ’s instigation and carrying on last year’s tradition. There’s always more help to give to our local community … cheers Hilary

  6. mmmm, that’s interesting. Here in South Africa there are zillions of feeding schemes, NGO’s & eg Lions, Rotary Club etc for those who go hungry … we take this very seriously and South Africans are great donators .. I wonder if there is a food bank as such. Most often there are representatives of organisations (including SPCA) outside of the supermarket requesting that items like tea coffer sugar tinned food porridge maize tinned goods etc., that while shopping, to include one or several of the requested items to be placed ..

    • I’m sure there is a food bank there as well, or something similar free of scams. The organizations here are audited systematically and reports made public so as to know which is trustworthy. Thanks, Susan.

  7. We have food banks in each section of our county plus programs put on by churches. What I REALLY love is Coffee Oasis… a place for homeless kids to get help, food, clothing, sleeping bags, an oasis for playing games and hanging out. In the south part of our county, they even have a shelter for the kids. The Oasis makes its’ money as it is also a coffee shop like Starbucks… come on in and order your coffee, tea, water, breakfast, and lunch. Plus, they have a job training program for the kids. Several businesses have internships for the kids. It is a fabulous place.

  8. Silvia, I’m glad you mentioned how much more important a monetary gift is than donating food – most food banks can leverage their buying power far better with the same dollar.

    My granddaughter’s class toured and participated at their local food bank last Saturday, and we all learned so much from being part of it. One interesting fact – women (Mothers) come for food far more often than men (Fathers) will because of the stigma men feel that they have failed to provide for their families. The food bank works with schools and churches to identify families headed by single fathers to support them and reduce their shame. My heart aches for so many men and women in our struggling economy.

    • So glad to hear, Sammy, that schools participate and teach kids about these places early on. Sad to hear the stories of families you describe, the stigma attached to it, yet the necessity to do what one must for the family to eat. It’s in such times that organizations must step in. All we can do is support their efforts with the little we can. Thanks for reading.

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