Can you imagine the fear of not knowing whether or not you would have lunch today? or if there would be enough food to buy supper for your family tonight? As tight as we may be financially, there are always people in much tighter situations. Consider spreading healthy nutrition while being financially generous by donating food to someone in need. I think it would even be a great idea to use the couponing skills we talked about a few weeks ago to get some food to donate to a local food pantry!
Here are some generous ideas you can help someone today:
– Donate food to a local food pantry. Many area churches and businesses have food pantries for the needy. A donation of some cans of food could provide someone dinner tonight!
– Take a meal to someone in need. Whether emotionally needy or physically needy, we all know someone who could use a homemade casserole (or Stauffers! 🙂 or a loaf of bread. Consider making double of tonight’s dinner and taking to a friend or neighbor who could use it.
– Find a food drive. Here in the Golden Triangle, our Northeast District Mississippi Dietetic Association (NEMDA) is having a canned food drive. If you would like to get your cans to me I’ll send them on to NEMDA who will donate them to local food pantries. Donations need to be in by May 17th.
– Gift Cards – mail a Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, or other grocery store gift card to someone in need. Often, this can be a more financially responsible gift than cash if you are not sure of the financial habits of the person to whom you are donating the money.
– Teach a man to fish. Help someone who is tight on money learn to coupon! They will get more value for their dollar long-term!
– Donate to a reputable mission. Whether a local mission trip or a large missions-based organization (I personally like World Vision, Compassion International, etc) consider supporting a mission abroad to feed the hungry. As Americans, we spend on average about 10% of our incomes on food while in many countries the people must spend more than 50% of their incomes just to feed their family.