Friday, May 9, 2008

Help Combat Hunger This Weekend, Without Leaving Home

As we’ve previously reported on this blog, charities that help the poor are some of the hardest hit by the slowing economy. This recent article talks about how food banks are experiencing increased demand while donations are decreasing.

This weekend, you can help by participating in the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, co-sponsored by America’s Second Harvest - a Charity Navigator 4-star charity - among other organizations. All you have to do is leave non-perishable food donations in a bag near your mailbox, and your letter carrier will pick them up while delivering your mail. Not all post office branches are participating in the drive, so be sure to contact your local post office to find out if they are collecting in your area. If your post office branch is not participating, you can still help combat hunger in your area. Here you can review a list of food banks and related organizations evaluated by Charity Navigator, find one in your area using the filters on the left, and make a direct contribution to a local organization.

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