How to Donate a Thanksgiving Meal

This is part of our charitable “How To“ series. Today we are talking about how to donate food items this Thanksgiving. Check back for more charity, donor related instruction!

November has arrived and with it comes thoughts of Thanksgiving and enjoying a meal with family and friends. In the weeks ahead you can help families in need by donating food items so that they too can enjoy a nice meal during Thanksgiving. Here are some steps to take to donate your food items to a local organization.

1. Find out which food items you would like to donate: The best items to donate would be ones used for side dishes such as stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables and fruit. These are all items that are available in closed boxes or in cans and are able to be accepted by an organization that can distribute it to a family in need. You can also donate a frozen Turkey but this would most likely be through a food drive hosted by an organization that is collecting them for Thanksgiving.

2. Prepare your food items to be donated: Make sure that the items haven’t been opened or that the expiration date hasn’t already passed as this would make them unable to be accepted by an organization. If you are donating your items to a family you can always put the items in a basket and add a plant or other centerpiece to make it look nice.

Donate food items to a family in need this Thanksgiving

3. Find your food item’s home: There are many Zealous Good charities that accept canned goods and non-perishable food items. A few of these charities that could benefit from these donations during the holidays are St. Columbanus Food Pantry, A Safe Haven Foundation, Apna Ghar and Chicago House & Social Service Agency.

You could also contact The Greater Chicago Food Depository or any local homeless shelter, soup kitchen or food pantry to donate food items to. Your local church might also be hosting a food donation drive specifically to donate Thanksgiving meals to families in need.

4. Schedule delivery: Now that you have chosen an organization for your Thanksgiving meal donation, you can schedule the donation drop off or pick up directly with the organization. Try to drop off if you can as these organizations are very busy and so that they can focus on delivering the food to those in need.

5. Feel good: You have just donated food to a family that is going to be able to enjoy a nice meal this Thanksgiving! Now you can tell friends and family members to also donate food items so that more of those in need have the same chance of enjoying a meal this Thanksgiving.

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