When disaster strikes and you’re feeling overwhelmed about where you’re going to get your next meal, don’t despair. There are many organizations you can reach out to that can provide you with assistance. While some of these charities and non-profits are national, they often have representation all over the country in various communities. Here are a few places you can go should you ever have a need.
Feed the Children
This charity organization is a great resource for those in need of food. Their website states, “We expanded our programs to address hunger in the United States, eventually arriving at our current model of fielding product donations of food and other resources from corporate donors and distributing them through a network of local community partners to assist families struggling with food insecurity.” Find their local partners by visiting feedthechildren.org.
You may be familiar with this charity, Feeding America is the leading hunger relief organization in the U.S. According to their website, “They have a network of over 200 food banks serving people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and also Puerto Rico. They distribute more than 2 billion pounds of donated food and grocery items annually.” If you aren’t sure how to find a location near you, their phone number is 800.771.2303. Give them a call and they’ll be happy to assist you. Additionally, they have a ‘find your local food bank’ resource on their website. You can access it by clicking here. Type in your zip code to find resources close to you.
It’s always a good idea to check in with your local welfare office when your financial situation changes. It’s important to know what services are available to you. Possible assistance could include rent, groceries (SNAP, WIC), healthcare and childcare. This financial assistance will ensure you’re able to purchase food that will provide you with all essential nutrients. You’ll have to submit paperwork, proof of income, and may be subject to an interview. For more immediate needs, ask about how you can obtain D-SNAP (emergency food money following a disaster). D-SNAP benefits are only available if you’re state sets up a program following a disaster. It’s a temporary month-long solution. Keep in mind that collecting continued aid may be a longer process.
Local Food Pantry/ Bank
Nearly every community, large and small, will have non-profit organizations or charities where you can receive food assistance. They provide options for free or reduced price food. Some even have an assortment of toiletries and other essentials you can access. A quick google search will tell you where you can go locally to obtain food if/when you need it.
If you’re in need of any assistance, food or otherwise, don’t be afraid to reach out. These organizations were created to help people who are going through unimaginable hardships. Take advantage of the resources available to you to ensure you’re well taken care of.