The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

November and December are definitely THE most popular months of the year to volunteer. ‘Tis the season of giving, and many people’s thoughts naturally turn to helping those less fortunate than themselves.  So much so, that the majority of our volunteer shifts are filled weeks – even months – in  advance of the holiday season.  

We blush like prom queens at this tidal wave of love and support from our community! But we also know it can be frustrating for those of you who had your hearts set on helping out during the holidays. While it may be disappointing to hear that holiday shifts are filled, we hope you’ll take heart in this message:

The holiday season is absolutely a wonderful time of the year to volunteer, but consider this... What happens during the times when everyone isn’t so focused on the need? Like spring and summer break. Families at risk of hunger will tell you those are daunting times because they know their kids aren’t going to have access to free and reduced school meals. No matter what time of year it is, people need to eat.

So, if you didn’t secure a volunteer shift for the holidays, now would be a great time to plan your shift for 2013. In the meantime, there are still many ways to take part in hunger fighting activities during the holidays. Here are just a few:

  • Check out our events page for fun holiday events and promotions that benefit the Food Bank.
  • Participate in the "Recipe for Change" and educate your friends and family on the issue of hunger over a meal.
  • The Kroger “Can Hunger” campaign runs now through Dec. 24. Choose a $1, $3 or $5 icon to give at the register.
  • We have two excellent options for last-minute gift ideas: Order a gift certificate for you and a friend to attend a Simple Abundance Cooking Class in the New Year. Choose from a series of classes featuring Atlanta’s top chefs. Or honor a loved one with an item from our Holiday Catalog, such as feeding a family of four.

No matter the shape, size or way you support us, we appreciate your help in more ways than you know. Have a happy holiday!