Food pantries need your help this spring

Spring 2017 is here! We have peeled off our heavy winter coats and are ready to welcome blooming flowers, green grass and sunny days.

But, spring can be a stressful time for our local food pantries. Food banks which were fueled all winter long by large holiday food donations are now running low. And, looming in the distance is summer, when food is in even greater demand as kids are home from school and no longer have access to free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch. Just how bad is the problem of childhood hunger?

Nearly 1 in 5 children in America are food insecure. Lack of nutritious food hinders a child's ability to grow a healthy body AND mind. Not only do they suffer health problems, they also have less energy to focus and learn in school.

The support of food pantries is invaluable to struggling families. Many colleges and universities have started their own food pantries to support students who face food insecurity. You'll find food banks and pantries in both large cities and small towns to meet the growing need.

Hunger exists in your community. No community is immune to the problem of hunger. For many families working hard to make ends meet it can take only one health issue or unforeseen calamity to put their entire family at risk for food insecurity.

You can make a difference in the lives of the hidden hungry in your community this spring by supporting your local food pantry. Food pantries rely on volunteers to help with operations and donations to keep their shelves stocked. Why not make a call and learn more about the needs of a food pantry in your area? From unpacking boxes to data entry, your help would be so greatly appreciated. Another great way to show your support is to run a food drive. Check out this article for tips on running a successful food drive.

And, consider getting your whole family involved. Even the busiest family can take a little time to set up an online food drive. is a free online drive service that is changing the way people donate products to support their communities. It's so easy to do and fun for everyone to check results in real-time. And, the kids will love the social sharing aspect of this new way to give.

So, choose to make a difference this spring. In raising up your struggling neighbors, you're helping to build a stronger community.

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