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Sonoma Family Life Magazine

How You Can Help Fight Hunger

Nov 27, 2006 12:00AM

Here are just a few ways that you can help:

Make a Tax Deductible Donation. Donating money helps the food bank buy food items that aren't donated, and help s move food out to people who need it most. Your contribution is tax deductible.

Make a Donation When You Do Your State Taxes. You now have the chance to turn one of your least favorite activities into a way to help feed hungry people. As you fill out your state tax form, make a contribution to the Emergency Food Assistance Fund, listed under Voluntary Contributions. The funds will be used to purchase food for hungry families throughout California.

Volunteer Your Time to Your Local Food Bank. Food bank volunteers come from many different walks of life, ages and life experiences. Your local food bank depends on volunteers to do the job of feeding the hungry in your community. Click here to search for nearby food banks by city, or check out these lists from Sonoma CalFresh and for food resources in Sonoma County.

Sort food, pack food boxes or assist the office staff. Consider organizing a group of friends, co-workers or family to help during the day, evening or weekend. Participate in a Food Bank special event. Donate your specialty or professional services such as graphic design or photography.

Serve on a planning committee for a Food Bank's special event. Host a Food Drive at your office, school, service club or church. It's easy and fun. The Food Bank will deliver food collection barrels and will pick them up when filled.

Educate Yourself, Family and Friends about hunger in your community. Ask your local food bank for copies of their newsletters, brochures and other materials to learn more about hunger in your community. Your food bank may offer tours of its facilities to individuals and groups by appointment. Contact your food bank or CAFB for more information.  Invite someone from the food bank to speak at a meeting of your social or service club.

Campaign Against Hunger. It takes more than food to fight hunger. Learn more about state and federal legislation to fight hunger by signing up for CAFB legislative updates. You can take an active role by communicating with your elected officials about legislation affecting hunger and poverty.

For more information on the California Association of Food Banks visit