How to volunteer at a food bank during the holidays
There are many ways you can make a difference for families struggling with hunger this holiday season. However, the holidays are a very busy time for our partner food banks and are a very popular time to volunteer. We have a few tips to help you get started:
- Contact a food bank or food pantry near you about volunteering well before the holidays. With so many people interested in volunteering over the holidays, spots can fill up quickly and you may need to attend a volunteer orientation before you start.
- Be open to helping where you're needed most. Food banks, food pantries and soup kitchen may need a variety of help to keep things running smoothly. You may be asked to pass out food at a holiday meal pick up, serve a warm holiday meal, or deliver boxes of food to those who can't make it to their local pantry.
- Consider other ways to give back to your local food bank beyond volunteering. It's great to have a backup plan in case you can't volunteer this year. This is a great time to help raise much-needed funds for the hunger-relief work of the Feeding America network.
Read more of our tips for having the best volunteer experience this holiday season and beyond.
Helping families in need during the holidays
"Holiday meals are expensive and they're not in our budget. I knew we would eat on those days but I was planning on serving grilled cheese sandwiches or spaghetti. I've never been able to buy a turkey." - Brittany from Sat Lake City, Utah.
Brittany is one of the many people who need extra help from Feeding America and our network of 200 food banks during the holidays. Even though both she and her husband work, they struggle to make ends meet and sometimes go without heat or special holiday meals to make sure their sons have enough to eat. But thanks to the Utah Food Bank and their mobile pantry volunteers, Brittany's family was able to have everything they needed for a complete holiday meal.
Listen to more stories about the people who have fallen on hard times and need some help from their local food banks.