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With the holidays upon us, you’re probably thinking about all the ways you can support those who are less fortunate. There are always people and families in need of a helping hand, and with the rise of COVID-19, more people are struggling than ever before.

Traditionally, food drives have been a wonderful way to give back to our community, but the way those donations are made and received is changing, and this year the West Texas Food Bank is using a different approach. Instead of canned goods, they have found that money makes a larger impact, allowing them to purchase exactly what their clients need and focus volunteer time on assembling pantry boxes and vegetable boxes rather than sorting donations. It helps them put gas in their delivery trucks.

That doesn’t mean donating can’t still be fun, though! Virtual Food Drives take the place of the traditional drive, but can still be a fun, safe, social event shared among neighbors. Read on for more details and other ways to support the West Texas Food Bank and help those in need this holiday season.

Host a Virtual Food Drive

Through a partnership with Fenly, this option allows you to set up a donation page, on your own or with a team, set a fundraising goal, and share it all on your social media accounts, inviting others to donate. You can also invite friends to join you in donating on the existing West Texas Food Bank viruat site, if you don’t feel like setting up your own. It also provides a sneak peek at what your site will look like if you do decide to host your own drive.

Hunger Hero

This option makes it easy to donate a fixed amount every month, directly from your checking account. Options include everything from $25 for 100 meals each month to $75, covering 300 meals per month. Or you can write in your own donation amount. This page also allows you to make a one-time donation.

Corporate Hunger Heroes

This option is great if you work for or head up a company or office. Your organization can donate money or volunteer time. This could be a great team-bonding experience while also giving back and showing your company’s support for its community. You can register to volunteer here.

Legacy Hero

This donation option works with your estate to provide whatever donation amount you choose. There are a number of ways these donations can be provided. Visit the West Texas Food Bank Planned Giving page to learn more.

For more tips on giving back to your community, visit the Anatole on Briarwood blog.