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How do I help the hungry during the holiday season?

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own problems that we forget there are people in our own communities–including children who sit alongside our kids in the classroom–who worry about simply having enough food to eat on a daily basis. The question is often where do I start or how can I help?  There are many things you can do to make a difference, and right now is the perfect time to start.

Clear the fridge

One way to avoid wasting food is to clear your fridge.  An assortment of ingredients that have been sitting in the fridge can be transformed into a nutritious meal for someone else. Last night’s doggie bag can become a meal to feed a family.

Clean the pantry

Take inventory of what you have. This isn’t a lengthy process and can be an easy way to remove what you know you are not going to use. If something is unopened and has not expired, you have something to add to a food donation pile.  These items can easily be taken to a local soup kitchen or an organisation like Free State Care in Action, that provide food parcels to those in need.

When donating food, know which foods are the most nourishing and non-perishable. Organisations appreciate canned foods such as:

  • canned tuna or salmon
  • canned chicken
  • canned beef
  • peanut butter
  • canned beans
  • canned fruits and vegetables that contain no added salt or sugar

Share from your garden

Do you have an abundance of vegetables in your garden or know someone who does? Donating a bag of vegetables from your home or school garden is a wonderful way for gardeners and other growers to take part in improving community health, while also helping the environment.

Do not forget toiletries

Food is always needed but toiletries are important and often overlooked. The best items to donate include shampoo, soap, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, diapers, and laundry detergent.

Free State Care in Action is determined to alleviate poverty in our communities.  Providing cooked meals and food parcels is but one of the steps in doing so.  More than 18 000 people received some form of service to alleviate poverty. We, however, need the generosity and assistance of every community to reach our goal.  Contact your nearest branch of Free State Care in Action or call us on 051-4446143 for more information.