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Community: 5 Ways to Help Those Facing Hunger This Season

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Community—Fall ushers in a season that is sure to be full of wonderful sights, smells, and sounds for most—colorful leaves, apples, pumpkin, children giggling as they count their Halloween candy, and families reuniting over turkey and sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving.

But for some people facing hunger this year, unfortunately, this isn't the case. And for many U.S. children, living an unhealthy and inactive lifestyle is the norm.

A few years ago, our family was facing financial crises. I wrote a candid post, detailing where I was at and how I hoped I would be able to move forward with hope and optimism. I know from experience that when a person is scared with worry about where the next meal will come from that other important things fall by the wayside. For the children influenced by a struggling parent, those things can include education, nutritious food, a healthy lifestyle, active play and exercise, building strong relationships, etc.

The good news is that communities can pull together; brands and organizations can dedicate part of their proceeds to helping those in need; and individuals can make a difference in their neighborhoods, their communities; can partner with charitable organizations; and can support brands that give back.

5 Ways to Help Those in Need This Season

If you have resources, there are many choices to help those in need of healthy and nutritious food. If you:

  1. Can make time... Consider volunteering in a soup kitchen or an elementary school cafeteria.
  2. Have some extra money... Consider making a financial donation to a charitable organization, like Save the Children, that focuses on health and nutrition for children.
  3. Can spare some food... Consider donating non-perishable items to your local food bank.
  4. Know someone who is lonely... Consider extending an invitation to your holiday meal or celebration or dropping off a kind note or holiday treat as reminder that he or she is not alone.
  5. Are online... Consider visiting Frigidaire's Make Time for Change site once a day from today through December 31. Jennifer Garner, Save the Children's spokesperson, "talks turkey," sharing holiday tips with other women and moms in a round table discussion. Checking out her videos and clicking on the site once a day will help earn Save the Children up to $43,000 dollars (as part of Frigidaire's $500,000 annual commitment to Save the Children's U.S. Programs to promote healthier lifestyle for children living in poverty by providing nutritious snacks and regular opportunities for children to be physically active).

How can you reach out to those facing hunger during the holidays? If you have limited time and resources, what are simple steps you can take to make a big difference in others' lives this season?

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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.

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