50 ways to help the food banks …and the people that need them
Save your Foodland “turkey bucks” and give them to local food banks
Donate your time – a little goes a long way
Become a annual financial contributor – it’s tax deductible
Subscribe to Ontario Association of Food Banks and Food Banks Canada newsletters and stay informed
Take a tour of your local food bank – see what goes on.
6. Support Loblaw Extra Helping National Food Drive 7. Drop off an unwrapped toy so every kid can have a Christmas 8. When you close down the cottage, drop the food off to the food bank or donation bin at the nearby grocery store 9. Donate healthy food items 10. Support Huggies Every Little Bottom Program
Post a message on a company’s Facebook page/web site thanking them for supporting food banks – this means a lot to them!
Donate your expertise – your skills can really help!
Donate to your “Fuel for Warmth” program and help those who may not have heat this winter.
“Like” the Food bank’s Facebook page and help spread the word
Blog/Facebook/Twitter about it. Keep the conversation going
Donate your Canadian Tire coupons
Donate money – they need it to buy perishable items like milk, meat.
Start no cost/low cost arts, sports and recreational programs
19. Support Kraft Spread the Feeling 2012 Campaign
Donate your Pioneer Bucks to local school nutrition programs
21. Support Campbell’s Help Hunger Disappear
Support local funding for children’s recreation, day camp programs, school readiness and learning opportunities
Donate to Fill the Truck or other food/fund raising campaigns (OPP, EMS etc)
Support parents by offering parenting support groups or respite care
Volunteer at local community centers, food banks
Become a Big Brother or Big Sister – every kid needs a good role model.
Speak up on the behalf of children to your municipal, provincial and federal governments.
Ask for funding for children’s programs and services such as childcare
Write your members of parliament to encourage them to raise the minimum wage to a living wage
Be a mentor to a child in your community
Encourage your municipal government to provide better employment opportunities in your community and to develop more affordable
Donate toys, books, videos for children by creating lending outlets
Start a winter boot and coat collection
Drop off gently worn clothing to local clothing drives
Support Places for People and Habitat for Humanity
Buy locally whenever possible. It helps to support jobs in your area.
Support Food For Kids and other school food programs program
Donate to a local sports equipment exchange. Help kids get involved in sports.
Don’t forget to drop off food in the food bank donation bins when you shop
Start a community garden in your neighborhood
Donate the extra produce from your garden to the local food banks
Support your local community kitchen program or start your own
Donate to SIRCH’s “gift from the heart”
Have a food drive for your local food bank at your next dinner or event
Collect used household goods and furniture that can be donated to families
Donate your old electronics to the Minden Food Bank – they get money for them
Offer any public or private spaces at your school, church, community and recreational centre for low or no cost activities, such as playgroups, day camps, family craft/game nights and supper nights
Start a playgroup
Start a baby sitting co-op
Donate supplies and labor to build or improve creative play centers in local parks
Contact your local food banks or poverty relief agency and ask how you can help
Get your children involved. Make helping other people a family affair