Donating Food in Your Community3 Mar, 2021
Donating food products can be one of the most impactful ways to make a difference in your community, especially in a time of so much uncertainty. With the Coronavirus having a massive impact on people’s employment, health, and security, having access to food can make the most important difference in someone’s life. At The Jewel of Encanto Farm, we have only just started growing for the purpose of selling and donating. As we amp up production at the Jewel of Encanto Farm, we look forward to being able to contribute more to charitable organizations in our community.
There are many amazing organizations in every community that work diligently to help people access food and nutritional necessities. This blog will focus on discussing alternative options for food donation and give you ideas about what kind of organizations may exist in your own community.
Local Schools or Afterschool Organizations
Schools are often on strict budgets that can restrict the amount of excess food they have, especially in terms of perishable fruits and vegetables. While some schools may not take donations of food that they will serve in their cafeterias, schools often act as access points for families of students to be able to collect food. At The Jewel of Encanto Farm, one of our favorite connections in the community is with Children First Leadership Academy; this school works endlessly to provide students and their families with food and other necessities. Consider reaching out to local schools in your community to see if they accept food donations or act as a distributor for donations.
Women’s, Homeless and Family Shelters
Shelters are essential agencies in our communities that provide shelter, living accommodations, support, and resources for individuals and families in times of difficulty. These shelters provide meals and often rely on donations to help those under their care. Some family shelters will also provide resources or classes on nutrition to help families access healthy and nutritious foods. All shelters offer slightly different resources to those they help, so reach out to a shelter in your community to ask about their donation needs.
Food Banks and Food Pantries
Food banks and pantries are probably the first place people consider donating food. These entities do a wonderful job accessing large populations in their communities and efficiently distribute food where it is needed. While staple foods are always in demand, also consider donating fresh produce from your garden or items like baby formula that are always essential as well.
Religious establishments often act as means for community outreach including food donation. Many religious establishments will accept food donations and help distribute them to those in need. Many also have meal services that they routinely run out of their establishment to reach out to those in the community who may need a hot meal.
Soup kitchens provide individuals with a meal and are open to the public. Soup kitchens are always looking for donations, especially canned goods. There are certain food items that may go unused in a soup kitchen because of how they plan meals and are making recipes, so be sure to call or look up what food items your local soup kitchens are in need of.
Donating food can make a huge difference in someone’s life, whether it is through eating one meal at a soup kitchen or being provided healthy foods to get one’s nutrition back on track. Whether you want to donate canned goods, fresh produce from your garden, or help provide other resources for those in need, there is always someplace in your community that will welcome your contribution. While these are just some of the entities that accept food donations in our community, every place is different; hopefully this list will help you brainstorm places in your community that would benefit from food donations.