Let’s all take a moment to recognize how fortunate we are.
If you are following this blog, chances are you like to cook – and eat!
You may be searching blogs right now for a dinner recipe, perhaps adding ingredients to your grocery list. Maybe you’ll see if anything is on sale and you might use a few coupons, but buying a few bags of groceries is not a big deal. You might even pick up a treat or two – a bottle of veg-friendly wine, that new Gardein item, some coconut-milk ice cream.
It can be hard to believe there are hungry people, right here in America.
Senior citizens on fixed incomes. Single moms struggling to feed their children and the family pet(s). The unemployed and the under-employed who skip meals every now and then in order to pay their electricity and rent.
And many times people who have a hard time affording food choose to eat from fast-food dollar menus, instead of vitamin-filled vegetables and fruits, fiber-packed beans, and healthy whole grains. This can lead to health issues and medical expenses.
That’s why VegCharlotte Meetup is holding a physical and virtual vegan food drive.
We’ve partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, a truly wonderful organization that provides food to over 650 partner agencies in 19 counties of North and South Carolina. The food may be distributed to church pantries (Baptist, Catholic, Jewish, whatever – Second Harvest does not discriminate), battered women’s shelters, senior centers, soup kitchens, emergency pantries, low income day cares, group homes …to name just a few!
To make a tax-deductible contribution to the VegCharlotte Virtual Vegan Food Drive, all you need to do is visit the “Giveabit” section of Second Harvest Food Bank’s webpage.
Click on “Donate Now” and enter VegCharlotte’s Food Drive ID Code – VEG-CHARLOTTE.
You can then click on the tab with the dollar sign to make a donation in any amount. Because of Second Harvest of Metrolina’s purchasing power, a single dollar can be used to buy up to 7 pounds of food!
Or you can choose to “shop.” Click on the tab with the barrel, and you can purchase:
- A case of canned fruit for $20
- A case of cereal for $20
- A case of canned vegetables for $15 (including beans)
- A case of peanut butter for $15
- A case of rice for $12
- A case of pasta for $12
Or, click on the tab with the kitten and puppy to purchase dog and cat food for $10 – which just may help save an animal from going to the shelter.
SHFBM has assured me that all monies raised with the VEG-CHARLOTTE code will be spent only on vegan items. (The only exception being dog and cat food, if someone specifies they would like their money used for that purpose.) They will also provide an accounting after the drive is over on exactly how the money was spent.
(Incidentally, SHFBM is ranked a four-star charity by Charity Navigator, and 97.7% of its budget is actually spent on its programs and services.)
So please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the VegCharlotte Virtual Food Drive! Help feed the hungry while knowing your money will be used to purchase only nutritious, cruelty-free food!
We became vegan and vegetarian to make a difference. Let’s continue make one!
And if you can’t afford to give just now – please share!
VegCharlotte’s Virtual Food Drive runs from NOW until November 17, 2014.
Go to the “Giveabit” section of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina’s web page and enter the code VEG-CHARLOTTE.