Simple Ways to Help Kids in Need this Summer

Summer 2017 is here and with it comes barbecues, beaches, camps, and NO SCHOOL! While being out for the summer makes a whole lot of kids very happy, for the 22 million kids who receive free or reduced price meals during the school year, summer poses a serious problem. How do struggling families fill this gap to keep their kids happy and healthy all summer long?

Local food pantries provide many low-income families with the support they need to survive, especially when the kids are home from school. But keeping a steady stream of food and supplies coming into food pantries during the summer months is especially hard. Organizations, schools and businesses that run food drives are typically quiet during the summer and individual supporters are hard-pressed to remember the needs of their local food pantry while in “summer mode”.

Perhaps you have stopped short of helping in the past because you are already juggling too much. But, times have changed and you can help your local nonprofit right from your own home and with minimal time investment. Check out these tips for caring for your community and helping your needy neighbors this summer.

1) Party with purpose. Are you planning a summer get together? Stress values of kindness and generosity by enlisting your whole family to help collect food donations at your event. Simply ask your guests to bring a canned good(s). Your kids will love setting up and decorating your donation table and your guests will love the opportunity to contribute with this simple act of giving.

2) Cook a meal for a cause. Often organizations have programs to provide meals for seniors, the ill and others in need. Include the whole family in the planning, shopping and especially the cooking. Teaching your children how to prepare a healthy meal AND show compassion for others is a great way to spend your time this summer!

3) Run an online drive. You can raise food and supplies your local pantry needs all from the comfort of your home or business. It’s easy to support any local charity using YouGiveGoods' free, online drive service. Customize your drive event page and share with friends, family, and colleagues via email and shortly media. And take advantage of your kids’ tech savvy when designing and promoting your online drive. Give them a project for good that involves social media? We say that’s the definition of a win-win-win situation! Learn more about online drives.

4) Use your connections. Dropping your kids at camp or swim practice? Why not combine forces and ask if the organization would sponsor a food drive. Again, if you are not up for managing the logistics of a collection box drive, you can run a YouGiveGoods drive together with the sponsoring organization. By expanding your reach you increase your potential impact exponentially.

5) Virtual volunteering is a thing. We know your intentions are good but your time is limited. Now you can share your talents and skills with a cause you care about without leaving your home. Simply contact the organization and let them know you are interested in virtual volunteering opportunities. Your expertise in accounting, marketing, technology, graphic design and more can provide a needed service that frees up valuable resources for other areas of operation.

Let Summer 2017 be a season of action and compassion. Take the first step and carve out just a little bit of time to help fight hunger in your own community. Not only will you likely continue with future charitable acts, the lesson you teach by example to your children and the action you may inspire in others grows your little effort into something quite grand!

Learn more about online drives

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