From Feeding America’s Blog
June 24, 2020

Written by Paul Morello

 

As many places begin to reopen, it can be more difficult for us to remember people who are still struggling – let alone admit if we’re struggling too. But, Feeding America estimates that an additional 17.1 million people could face hunger because of the pandemic, including nearly 7 million children. And for so many of our neighbors, the world is far from normal right now. This summer, there are some easy ways for us to continue to help our neighbors, so they know it’s ok to still be struggling and there is help available:

1. Spread the word

One of the biggest reasons our neighbors might not seek out help is because they don’t know help exists. So, let’s change that!

Take to social media, your neighborhood group, or your family text and share how to find information about food pantries, meal programs and soup kitchens.

  • Text 211 for information on food resources near you!
  • Call Food Finders to get help signing up for SNAP benefits 765.471.0062.

2. Remind your friends, family, and neighbors that it’s okay to need help

Whether it’s on social media or in person, let the people in your life know that you don’t judge them for needing help. Everyone needs a little help sometimes, especially these days, and that there are plenty of resources available.

Sometimes, you don’t even need to ask if someone is struggling. Just ask your friends and family how they’ve been and what you can do to help them de-stress. Reminding people that you’re happy to help however you can will go a long way and allow people to open up. Asking your loved ones what kind of help they need to rather than making an assumption helps to make them feel empowered. Maybe the most helpful thing you can do is offer to watch their children and give them a ride to visit the food bank or local summer meal program.

3. Volunteer at the food bank

Food Finders will welcome back volunteers beginning in August to help sort, label and repack food. Food Finders has a plan to keep volunteers safe, so don’t let that hold you back from helping this summer. Learn more and sign up today!

4. Donate to the food bank

Food Finders is dedicated to ensuring as many kids, families, individuals, seniors and veterans as possible have access to fresh food, but we need your help. Make a donation to help support our programs at a time when they’re needed most.

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