That Time of Year: Giving to Others (Food)

When you work for a food retailer, it’s very easy to forget that people are living in hunger. What a humbling thought, right? In my job, the focus is on selling groceries, so when you get an email with (essentially) that message, it really makes you stop and think.

While my family and I are able to have a hot meal every night, we are no strangers to hunger. Holidays are coming, winter will soon be settling in. We all have neighbors out there who are going hungry, and if you are lucky enough to have, this is a good time to consider giving to others. Here are a few ways you can help out over the next few weeks:

·         As part of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s Fall FoodShare Food Drive, from October 25 to November 21, shoppers at participating Giant Eagle supermarkets will have a chance to stop and think about giving to others. Food (suggested lists are available) and cash will be collected at these locations and then distributed to food banks in the store’s county. (More information on the drive can be found on GPCFB website.)

·         Going to this Sunday’s Steelers game? Participate in the Steelers Food Drive at Heinz Field or consider donating online.

·         Buy a City Dining Card from GPCFB. (Cost is $20, 5% of sales go to the Food Bank. You get $10 off each $30 bill at select Pittsburgh restaurants.)

·         Visit the Food Bank’s website and find ways you can volunteer (http://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org).

I know that just doing the things we do, my family is never going to be able to eliminate hunger on our own. It truly takes a community, and I hope you’ll take a moment to consider helping out this fall/winter.

(Note: This post is not affiliated with or sponsored by any company. It is from the bottom of my heavy heart, asking for your help for our neighbors in need.)

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