I read an article in the Dallas Morning News today about the declining donations to local food banks, most notably the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB). Not surprisingly, both financial and food donations have dropped significantly.
It's not new news to anyone, of course. Donations have been declining steadily since 2008.
But for many local shelters and community food banks around here, it truly means trouble. Many of these small food banks depend on the NTFB partially as a supplier. So declining donations to the NTFB means declining items at the local shelters, leading to less on the shelves and less folks that can be helped.
And I am certain food banks in your local area are experiencing the same problems.
So, for my Carrot of the Week:
Please, if you can, donate today to your local food bank or needy community shelter. Even a few items can make a difference.
Canned items are great to catch on sale - some even as low as $0.25 per can. Buy a few extra each time and donate today.
If you can't do it alone, get others involved. Anoint yourself Head of Neighborhood Donations and gather items from your friends and neighbors; or get your kids' schools involved as a class project.
We can all help, even in the smallest of ways.