Giving to a charity at the end of the calendar year is not only beneficial for tax purposes but also it feels good during the holidays. But what about the remainder of the year, especially now in the dead of winter when those who are less fortunate need help the most?
I encourage you to give back to your charity of choice all year round if you are able. One easy way to do this is by donating non-perishable items to your local food pantry or food kitchen. The next time you are grocery shopping, spend an extra few minutes and an extra $25 to pick out some healthy items to donate.
Make a point of it to drop off your donated food items at your local food pantry or food kitchen each month.
If this type of donation doesn't speak to you, maybe creating a "yard-based" food pantry like the ones described in this NPR story is something you could get behind. Maybe you eat a very bland diet of rice and beans for a week so that the money saved on food is donated to help hungry families. Perhaps a financial donation resonates the most with you.
Think about the difference you could make in someone's life. More than 42 million Americans lived in food insecure households in 2015, according to Feeding America. Help end hunger in America. Feeding America also has an easy tool to help you find your local food bank.