With Thanksgiving in Canada and other holidays just around the corner, many of us look forward to filling up on a big harvest feast with friends and family. Not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to do this. In the spirit of giving, here are a few suggestions on how you can help out in your community this October! Fill your belly AND your heart this holiday season!
Donate funds to your local food bank
When we think of donating to the food bank, we often think of buying dried goods, Kraft Dinner, and meals in a can. While this is extremely helpful, and you can see a list of the best products to donate, a donation of money can go even further. To supplement the non-perishable goods, food banks often spend money to buy fresh foods for members to enjoy and reap the health benefits. Furthermore, food banks have more purchasing power than the average consumer – for every 1 box of KD you can buy, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank can buy approximately 3.
Donate your time to a local non-profit organization
Sometimes when donating money or goods, it’s hard to feel connected to the cause. By volunteering, you can directly see how your efforts are contributing to the community. It’ll make you feel good and you’ll be helping other people in turn.
Spend a little more to support local
“When you buy from a small business, you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home. You are helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy get his team jersey, a mom put food on the table, a dad pay a mortgage, or a student pay for college.” Buying local can sometimes cost more, but if you could see exactly where your dollars go, you would likely feel compelled to keep purchasing this way whenever possible. For those in the Vancouver area, check out Daily Hive’s 2016 Winter Farmer’s Market Guide!
Attend a fundraiser
There are numerous events taking place this October that support charities in Vancouver and across Canada. Restaurants for Change, for example, includes 65+ restaurants throughout 15 cities in Canada! Participating restaurants are donating profits from dinner service on October 19th to Community Food Centres Canada, an organization striving to increase food security for all. You can help simply by dining out!
Trick or Eat on Halloween
Trick or Eat is a youth-led national event that puts a new spin on the annual night of giving – Halloween! Thousands of Trick or Eaters across Canada, go door to door to collect food for local community organizations, and funds to support students advocating for good food for all. Trick or Eat is a national day of action, for young people to come together and actively show that they want to see a difference on the issue of hunger on their campuses and in their communities.