The holiday season is a time for people to reflect on their year, feel gratitude for their friends and family, and get into the giving spirit. During this time, you find ways to be generous to your loved ones by buying presents, sending cards, baking sweet goods, and more. The sense to give around this time provides a higher volume of donations to food banks and other charities. This is a great way to help other people in your community get access to the wonderful meals and gifts of the holidays that you enjoy as well.

Unfortunately, hunger isn’t seasonal. It doesn’t begin the same day as the first Turkey Drive in November and it doesn’t end the day after the big ball drops in New York City. Sadly, as the new year begins and the Christmas cheer fades, so do the contributions to food banks. The high influx of supplies that makes a huge difference in feeding those who can’t afford proper food supply goes down, leaving fewer supplies to hand out daily for the rest of the year.

More People Are Starving

This year, food insecurity has skyrocketed. Thousands have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving a higher population than usual impoverished and hungry. People who once had secure jobs in industries heavily hit by the pandemic, like hospitality, or who owned a small business, are left unable to financially support themselves or their families due to present conditions.

Food pantries are being overwhelmed with a higher volume of people relying on their services. These lines won’t stop after the holidays. People will be visiting food pantries to their daily supply throughout the year. Without enough food donations, they’ll have to share smaller portions that won’t be enough for the body and mind to function properly.

Donations Help Promote Health Year-Round

It’s a very heart-warming gesture to want to share your traditions with others by donating foods like cranberry sauce or stuffing mix. But, beyond these tastes of the holidays, donate foods that will offer sustenance. Donate nutritious non-perishable foods that contribute to people’s wellbeing when eating them. On top of Christmas cookies and seasonal treats, give foods that will meet survival needs.

Donating food consistently throughout the year will help those suffering in poverty combat the many detrimental effects of hunger. Malnourishment and starvation are highly connected with physical distress and mental health issues. Lack of vitamins or too much sugar/sodium leaves people more susceptible to diseases and oral health problems. However, by sharing vitamin and protein-rich foods beyond the holidays, you’re lowering these risks and helping relieve some of these pains.

Keep Donating With Second Harvest

Don’t let your generosity burn out after the holiday season. Remember that the people who rely on food banks don’t go anywhere when the new year begins. Show your compassion for your hungry neighbors by helping us keep them fed and healthy all year. Donate to Second Harvest now to get started on the fight against hunger. ​