Families across the country will come together in the coming weeks to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. For many of us, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without turkey and a table full of stuffing, mashed potatoes, and other festive sides. But nearly 34 million people faced hunger in 2021. And when you don’t have the food you need to thrive, celebrating the holidays can be tough.
If you want to get into the spirit of service for Thanksgiving, donating food to your local food bank is a great way to help your neighbors get food on the table and allow them to create meaningful holiday memories.
Here’s how you can help a family put a holiday meal on the table this Thanksgiving:
Where to donate food for Thanksgiving
The first step to donating a Thanksgiving meal to a family facing hunger is finding your local food bank. The Feeding America network includes 200 food banks throughout the United States that work with food pantries and soup kitchens to reach communities. Once you find a food bank near you, you can find drop-off information, operation hours, and even their most needed items.
Because of the pandemic, some food banks may not accept food donations or have specific requests. follow your local food bank’s rules and suggestions.
Non-perishable Thanksgiving food to donate Be sure to Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year for food banks. Healthy, non-perishable food items are always great to donate to food banks but may be in even higher demand around the holidays. While you’re grocery shopping or collecting items for your Thanksgiving food drive, look for items