Giving back. It’s on many of our minds during the holidays. It might be because a charitable gift or donation of some kind is on our To-Do list. Or we’re hearing a flood of TV commercials and ringing bells. Whatever the case, some of us will fulfill our good intentions this year while others will promise to make it happen next year when things are a little less hectic. But let’s be honest, will the holidays ever be less hectic? Probably not.
3 Easy Ways to Give…Any Time of the Year
- Keep a few cans of shelf-stable food in your car. Most of us have rolled up to stop lights and experienced that inner conflict over whether to help people on the corner asking for help. If we give money, will it be used in ways that are healthy and helpful? Or are they running a scam? We never really know for sure, but sometimes we get a sense that prompts us one way or another. Giving a large can of dehydrated soup or freeze dried fruit is a good way to help someone in need. Soup is easy to make and fruit can be eaten as a snack right out of the can. Both are hearty and nourishing and do not require refrigeration.
- Keep an ear out for friends or neighbors who might be struggling. The stress of single parenting, losing a job, or facing a financial rough patch can be extremely hard on families. Think about giving an emergency food pail that includes well-rounded breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. You will help feed a family several hearty meals that may just be the difference between hope and despair. For the holiday’s there’s even a Turkey Feast pail that includes all the fixins for a very tasty and easy-to-prepare Thanksgiving spread. What’s also nice is a sealed pail of shelf-stable food can be placed on a family’s front porch anonymously.
- Give hungry children a hearty breakfast. It’s shocking to hear that one in six children in America face hunger on a daily basis. Utah is no different. The good news is school programs provide free breakfasts during the school year. The bad news is school is not in session year-round. So, then what? Ask your church leader or your child’s school principal if he or she knows a family who struggles to feed their children a healthy breakfast when school is out. Consider asking that they pass along a large can of maple brown sugar oatmeal and a can of powdered milk to the family. Both are shelf-stable foods that will provide up to 40 servings of hot and nutritious cereal that will start their children’s day off right.
We hope you consider giving these easy and affordable ideas a try throughout the year. Meanwhile, Macey’s and Augason Farms wishes you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season.
Macey’s has teamed with Augason Farms to offer emergency food supplies and long term food storage to our valued customers for good reason. Auguson Farms has been in the business since 1972 and guarantees their products for great taste and superior quality. Maintaining a supply of Augason Farms products in your home is ideal not only for your emergency food supply but for everyday use as well. With Macey’s and Augason Farms, preparedness is simple and affordable!