Many families go without food, gifts, and other niceties we take for granted during the holidays. It’s especially disappointing when children are involved. According to Feeding America, 1,245,870 people in North Carolina are facing hunger right now, about a quarter of which are children. Those are alarming statistics, but it’s also a call to action. Though you may be a small business, this is an opportunity for you to make a massive difference in the lives of others. Donating to your local food bank is always a worthwhile effort.
Towerview Office Suites has donated to the Food Bank of Eastern and Central NC for several years. We rally our team, tenants, customers, and other local businesses and collect non-perishable and healthy food items to help put food on tables for local families. The Food Bank provided more than 81 million meals for families this year, and we’re proud to be a part of that.
Food insecurity in NC is an issue that won’t be solved unless we work together. If you’re unsure how to get started, speak to us today. We’ll help you organize your own food drive or collect donations to add to ours.
There are many ways to support local food banks and other organizations that feed the hungry. Here are a few tips to maximize yourimpact.
Food banks like items that last a long time but avoid products that are ultra-processed or full of sugar. Instead, choose items like canned vegetables, soups, chili, nut butter, non-nut butters, and pantry staples like oatmeal, cooking oil, rice, beans, lentils, canned tuna, condiments, flour, sugar, spices, and baking ingredients. Holiday-themed food items are also good—cans of pumpkin pie filling, cranberry sauce, boxes of stuffing, and ingredients to make traditional side dishes.
There’s nothing worse than food going to waste when there are so many hungry people out there. The food bank might not accept pre-cooked or perishable food, but your local shelter or transitional housing location might. Check out this link for a list of shelters and churches in Raleigh that might be interested. Many accept leftover food from caterers, restaurants, and other commercial food outlets, and some will even come to pick them up when your event is done.
Many food banks and other food charities rely on charitable donations to fill the gaps. Consider running a campaign in your community to raise money for the cause—you could even offer to match donations from other local businesses, employees, and customers. Everybody likes to know their contributions are making an impact, and that’s a great way to do it.
We hope we’ve given you some “food for thought” on the topic of holiday giving. If you need more inspiration or want to join us in our FoodBank campaign, speak to us today. We’d love to have you on board.