It is Couponing for Community week at Pocket Your Dollars and around the blogosphere. Couponing for Community is a coordinated food drive where more than 50 bloggers are asking their readers to give generously out of their abundance. The event culminates on Saturday, May 8, which is also the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
Kaley Ehlert, at Cha-Ching on a Shoestring, spearheaded the idea after seeing a Nightline story a few weeks back about coupons. The folks featured in the story had ginormous stockpiles of food, which got Kaley thinking about how to encourage others to give to those in need.
What You Can Do
It is easy to participate in the Couponing for Community food drive:
— Find a few items in your pantry or buy some things at the store to donate
— Give in one of the suggested ways listed below
— Find ways to engage your kids and family in the process of giving
— Share what you are doing to encourage others and allow us to report back on the magnitude of our impact. Upload photos of what you are giving to the Pocket Your Dollars’ Facebook page or Flickr page. Leave comments here with stories about how you and your family participated. Let us know how many items you donated (we can tally them up if we know what everyone is doing).
Ways to Give
Stamp Out Hunger. Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single day food drive. This year the National Association of Letter Carriers expects to receive more than 1 billion (yes, billion with a “b”) pounds of food on Saturday, May 8. Leave your non-perishable food items in a sturdy bag or container next to your mailbox. Your postal carrier will pick up your donations and get them into the hands of a local charity that will distribute to the community. Personal care items like shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant are gladly accepted as well.
At the Grocery Store. Many grocery stores have a receptacle near the door where you can drop off non-perishable food items.
Your Local Food Shelf. Feeding America has a food bank locator that will help you find an organization near you that will accept your donation.There’s is not a complete list, but a great starting point for you to identify a local organization.
After seeing the more than 2,100 food items Pocket Your Dollars’ readers donated in a single night last March (and another photo here), I am confident that we can make a tremendous impact on the world around us this week.
Your turn: What are you going to do to give to others this week?