Taste of Home - - Gather -

Ev­ery neigh­bor­hood is home to some­one in need. In this sea­son of giv­ing, reach out to make a dif­fer­ence in your com­mu­nity.

Food in­se­cu­rity is a large prob­lem in big cities but can be even more chal­leng­ing in ru­ral and sub­ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties that lack ac­cess to food pantries and meal sites. Ul­ti­mately, it’s the help from com­mu­nity mem­bers that al­lows food banks to give as­sis­tance. By vol­un­teer­ing at a lo­cal food bank or pantry, or do­nat­ing food or funds, any in­di­vid­ual can make an im­pact in their own home­town.

“Food banks are uniquely po­si­tioned to make the most of your fi­nan­cial do­na­tions,” says Michelle Book of the Food Bank of Iowa. “Be­cause food is pur­chased in huge quan­ti­ties, food banks can lever­age even small do­na­tions into mul­ti­ple meals. In our case, $1 pro­vides four meals.”

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