If you’d like to make giving back a habit, consider “adopting” your local food pantry. First decorate a grocery box with fun art supplies and place it in your kitchen. Then, each time you go grocery shopping, pick out one or two extra items for the box. Watch for 2-for-1 sales, and avoid glass containers. According to Feeding America, the most desirable foods to donate are canned soup, meats, vegetables and fruit; peanut butter; cereal; macaroni and cheese; and dried fruit. When your box is full, deliver it to your local food pantry. While there, ask what food items are most needed and how else your family might help out. Find it by calling 2-1-1 (the human services hotline) if available in your area or click here.

Talk to your child:

  • Why is it important to donate food all year long?

  • What kinds of food do you think are best to donate?

Book to share: One Potato, Two Potato by Cynthia DeFelice. Ages 4 and up. For a more whimsical approach to the issues of hunger and sharing, this folktale will entertain and enlighten any audience.