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Massachusetts food pantries need your donations

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'Tis the season for giving. It seems everywhere you turn people are looking for donations. Whether it's the bell ringer with the red kettle outside the store, being asked to donate at the register of your supermarket for some other cause, or to help purchase gifts for a family for Christmas; the request to help is all around you.

This time of year is a great time to donate to your local food pantry. While most people are enjoying delicious feasts with friends and family, others are struggling to feed their family on a daily basis. Here in Massachusetts the amount of people on food stamps is around 13% of the population. In comparison, it is 15% nationwide. Those are only the people who are lucky enough to receive benefits, there are many more who struggle to put food on the table that are not considered eligible for food stamps.

There are a multitude of food pantries throughout the state where you can donate non perishable food items. This seems to be the time of year that most people do make their donations even though they are needed year round. Here is a good list to find a local-to-you food pantry. There are more out there, but this list is a great place to start.

If you would prefer to make a monetary donation instead of delivering food to a food pantry, then the Greater Boston Food Bank is perfect. Did you know that a $25.00 donation is 75 meals? That is the type of donation that makes you feel good. Your $100.00 donation equals 300 meals. Of course you can donate as little or as much as you want. Every little bit helps. The Greater Boston Food Bank makes it really easy too, you can donate online.

Most of us knows someone who has needed a little help at one time or another, going hungry should not be something your friends and family should have to go through.

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