Freshly baked sugar cookies. Warm apple cider. That scrumptious, juicy ham. So many of our favorite holiday memories are centered around delicious, unforgettable meals shared with family and friends.
But for some (approximately 40 million people in the U.S.) while their hearts may be full with that contagious spirit of the holidays, the same cannot be said for their bellies as they struggle with hunger this season. From being forced to skip meals, eat less or buy non-nutritious food, this disparity within our own communities often goes unnoticed.
That’s where you come in. With most of us already taking time off to celebrate with family and friends, one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is by finding meaningful ways to give back and raising awareness around food insecurity.
From volunteering your time at a local food bank, to serving meals, to rallying together to start a food drive, you can spread so much cheer during this most wonderful time of the year. In fact, did you know that by helping others, studies show that you’re also helping yourself in the long run both physically and mentally? Talk about a gift that keeps on giving!
The Motto Mortgage Mission Against Hunger is committed to ‘sleighing’ hunger this season too with our 12 Day Donation Dash. Join us now through December 14 as we collect sleds full of donations and give back to local communities.
While needs may vary throughout communities, here are some of the more common items needed year-round to get you started:
- Canned protein (nut butters, tuna, chicken, salmon, ham)
- Low-sodium soup, chili, stew (box/canned)
- Low-sodium canned vegetables
- Dry beans, canned beans
- No-sugar added canned fruits, applesauce
- Whole grain pasta, brown rice
- Oatmeal, low-sugar cereal, granola bars
- Whole grain crackers
- Shelf-stable milk
- Cooking oil (canola/olive), sauces, basic spices
Together, we can get one step closer to ending hunger in America. Head here to find a local Motto Mortgage office where you can drop off donations. Or, if you’re interested in learning more about ways to get involved or volunteering your time to help fight hunger in your community, check out Feed America’s map to find a food bank nearest you.