Stock the Pantry Food Drive
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is such a special time. We get to focus on family and all the things we are thankful for. We celebrate with elaborate feasts that leave us stuffed and satisfied. No wonder so many people call this their favorite time of the year.
However, not everyone is so fortunate. 37 million Americans struggle with food insecurity. In some communities, as many as 1 in 6 children don’t know when they will have their next meal. Alabama is one of the top 10 states with the highest rate of food insecurity. A distinction we certainly don’t want so we must work together to make change happen for our friends and neighbors battling poverty.
Not only does food insecurity cause physical problems but it can be emotionally damaging as well. Anxiety and depression can result from living with chronic hunger. The stats can seem overwhelming but we can make a difference.
How Can I Help?
Many people want to help but don’t know where to start. The best way to help is to find organizations that are already doing the work and support them. One of those organizations is the Salvation Army.
The Tuscaloosa branch of the Salvation Operation operates a food pantry to help those facing food insecurity in the Tuscaloosa community. As of right now, they are running low on some of their staple items. They are in need of baby food, canned vegetables, canned meat, soup, peanut butter, rice, and pasta.
The Tuscaloosa Association of REALTORS® is hosting a food drive to feed the hungry in our area and we need your help. Publix has donated bags that can be filled with non-perishable items and donated. You can also pick up bags directly from our office at 1490 Northbank Pkwy, Suite 180, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406. Deliver the filled bags to the office by Friday, November 22nd, and help us put an end to hunger in the Tuscaloosa area.
Spread the Word
Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; Together we can do so much.” Encourage others to join you in the food drive to make the greatest impact possible. One great way to do this is in the workplace. Maybe a little friendly competition between your department and other departments at your place of employment to see which team can collect the most filled bags to donate.
Get your book club, Sunday School class, bowling league, or any other group you’re a part of to participate. Think of every filled bag as a family that will be fed for a week. One person can’t feed every family but if we all participate, and get others to as well, we can have a huge impact on the lives of so many. Your act of kindness could change a child’s life.
In this season of thankfulness, thank you for being willing to help your neighbors. You are the reason we are able to do this each year and we honor you. Your contribution is important and valued. Happy holidays!