HOST A PANTRY DONATION PARTY.
FIND OUT IF YOUR COMPANY PARTICIPATES IN A MATCHING GIFT PROGRAM.
Some large corporations have matching gift programs, in which they’ll match a donation you make to charity. If your employer offers such a program, fill out the paperwork and use your company's generosity to effectively double your donation.
MAKE A HOLIDAY DONATION IN SOMEONE ELSE'S NAME.
Though tangible gifts for holidays and birthdays are often top of mind, consider eschewing physical items to instead make a monetary donation in someone else’s name. The Mission offers an eCard you can send to people when you make a donation in their name. And if you recently lost a loved one, you can make a memorial donation to honor his or her memory and ask that others do the same.
ARRANGE TO DONATE LEFTOVERS FROM YOUR PARTY.
Some venues have strict rules about what to do with leftover food from a catered party. If you’re hosting a holiday event with catered food, try to choose a venue that doesn’t throw out leftover food for health or liability reasons.
REMEMBER THAT PEOPLE ARE IN NEED YEAR-ROUND.
It’s great to help your local pantry around Thanksgiving and Christmas, but some pantries have a surplus of food in the fall and winter and a dearth in the summer months. Remember that people are in need of food all the time. If you want to donate food year-round, think about giving items on the first day of every month, or plan to evenly space out your donations throughout the calendar year.