How to volunteer during the holidays
For most of us, the holiday season is about getting together with friends and family to feast on turkey or ham, stuffing and mashed potatoes. But what about those who don’t have that privilege? There are ways that we can help those in need and do our part to spread a little joy. Here are 8 ways to volunteer in your community during the holiday season.
Serve meals at a soup kitchen
Soup kitchens serve hot, balanced meals to the homeless. Dish up food and visit with those in need by finding volunteer opportunities in your community.
Help end the cycle of poverty
Assemble food boxes, provide administrative support and help teachers stock up on free materials for Feed the Children. This organization helps provide nourishing food and supplies to kids by filling their backpacks with healthy snacks, school essentials and personal care items and are always in need of volunteers.
Deliver meals to seniors
Greet homebound seniors with a smile and a meal by driving for Meals on Wheels, a network of non-profit programs that provide seniors with support that enables them to remain living in their own homes. Read more about how you can help deliver healthy meals to hungry seniors.
Sort food at a food bank
A food bank is a non-profit organization that collects food from grocery stores and wholesalers and distributes it to hunger relief charities such as food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, senior care centers and emergency relief programs. To find opportunities to volunteer at a food bank near you, visit Feeding America.
Donate rice by playing word games
Freerice is a website where visitors can play vocab games and for each question they get right, the United Nations World Food Programme will donate 10 grains of rice to the hungry with the money generated from the banner ads shown on the screen during game play.
Pack bags at a food pantry
Food pantries and food shelfs provide nutritious three-day food packages to families who have a place to live, but don’t have enough food to eat. To volunteer your time helping to pack bags for hungry families, get started at VolunteerMatch.
Create care packages
Create care packages and keep them in your car for the homeless seeking your help. Nonperishable food items (beef jerky, apple sauce, bottled water), toiletries (combs, toothbrush, soaps) and useful products (sunscreen, mittens, multi-purpose wipes) make great “blessings bag” items. For more details, go to StrongLuv.
Fundraise for No Kid Hungry
The No Kid Hungry campaign aims to end child hunger in America by ensuring kids get the healthy food they need every day. You can help by using your skills and hobbies to fundraise money for the campaign. From athletic events to artistic endeavors and bake sales, there are many ways to get started.
We at Bite Squad have the privilege of delivering food to our hungry customers and hope to also inspire you to deliver hope to those in need. Have a wonderful holiday season!