As we’re thinking about our own holiday feasts, we may also be thinking about those going hungry. And while it’s tempting to go to the grocery store and load up with canned goods, here are 3 reasons to make a cash donation instead.
- Food banks buy in bulk
What can you buy at the grocery store for $10? A jar of peanut butter, jelly, a loaf of bread, and maybe a couple cans of soup. But your local food bank is a master of efficiency and effectiveness. They can turn your $10 into 50 meals!
- Cash allows the food bank to buy what they need.
They receive excess stock and expired goods from local stores, but often need to fill in the blanks with purchased goods. Your monetary donation lets them make sure they have a full range of items to offer.
- It gives food banks funds for overhead.
They have to pay rent, utilities, salaries. They need trucks and gas to pick up donations and to deliver goods. Without cash donations, the food bank can’t operate their facilities and provide the food they’ve collected to the people who need it.
If you really want to feed people this holiday season, can the canned food drive and make a monetary donation to your local food bank.