Reader Email: Using a Food Bank for the First Time
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When it comes to providing for your family, sometimes using coupons just isn’t enough to put food on the table each day. In fact, there are millions of people struggling to get by because of underemployment, stagnant wages and the rising costs of living. According to Feeding America, more than 46 million people turn to the Feeding America network each year for extra support.
Check out this email I received from a Hip2Save reader…
I am a long time couponer and have been a Hip2Save fan for years. Aside from helping my own household, I have loved so much being able to contribute to a local food bank. They have always been so appreciative of anything that I brought them, especially HBA (health & beauty aid) items since most of them do not have a budget that is large enough to include these items.
I have recently found myself at a point in life where I need to be on the other end. Today I went to a local food bank for the first time and as hard as it was from a pride standpoint, they were so helpful and kind. I doubt I’m the only couponer who is at that point/or near that point of needing help.
I thought a post about this may help other couponers know that pride shouldn’t stop them from asking for help. And to let couponers know how much their donations really help the community and even a fellow couponer.
If you’re in the same position as this reader, don’t be afraid to ask for help or let pride stand in the way. Consider finding a local community food bank or click here to read about other public assistance programs. The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes 4 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States.
Looking to Help?
If you’re looking to help, consider giving your time, talents or donations to help make a difference in the lives of your neighbors struggling with hunger. Go here for simple ways that you can help.
Also, there are many ways to support Feeding America as they partner with companies to raise awareness of hunger and provide financial support to help those in need. Here are just a few…
- The Cheesecake Factory will donate $0.25 of select cheesecake slices sold to Feeding America.
- Through August 14th, America can help spread the good by gathering ‘round to make a circle with friends and family, or simply by themselves, and taking a picture to share on social media using #GoodGoesRound. For every post, General Mills will help Feeding America secure ten additional meals to help feed hungry families thanks to its partnership with Cheerios.
- Specially-marked packages of General Mills products featuring spokesperson Thomas Rhett and other Big Machine Label Group artists will include an Outnumber Hunger code. For every code entered between now and January 31st, 2018, Feeding America will secure five meals on behalf of local food banks.