All over the world, people go to sleep hungry. Even in the United States of America and it's little Northern sister Canada, there are an alarming number of needy folks who don't get to enjoy the fruits of their labors on a regular basis. In these hard times, an alarming 15% of Americans are struggling to put food on the table while numbers are similarly skyrocketing in Canada.
Here in the US, Thanksgiving is just a week away and the terrifically terrifying Black Friday trails close behind. Maybe instead of spending insane dollars on crap we don't need we can direct those funds towards a good cause. Just like we did last year, we're going to persuade you to (read: guilt you into) donating cash or food to your local food banks or, even better, volunteering at your local soup kitchen.
Food banks operate year-round, not just during the holidays, and are constantly in need of volunteers and donations. Things have not been easy with companies and individuals cutting back on their charity AND more and more people showing up hungry on a daily basis. So please, do what you can and ignore that nonsense from the MLB marketing department. You DON'T need a Cleveland Indians themed Rubiks Cube as much as your neighbor needs a bowl of soup and some bread.
But hey, some of us are busy bees buzzing around the hive and we don't have time to volunteer. Lucky for you, these places take credit card donations over the Internet. Once again, here's a nearly complete list of food banks in MLB cities. Pick your favorite.
- Anaheim - Second Harvest of Orange County
- Arlington - North Texas Food Bank
- Atlanta - Atlanta Community Food Bank
- Baltimore - Maryland Food Bank
- Boston - Greater Boston Food Bank
- Chicago - Greater Chicago Food Bank
- Cincinnati - Freestore Foodbank
- Cleveland - Cleveland Foodbank
- Denver - Food Bank of the Rockies
- Detroit - Gleaners Community Food Bank
- Houston - Houston Food Bank
- Kansas City - Harvesters
- Los Angeles - Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
- Miami - Daily Bread
- Milwaukee - Hunger Task Force
- Minneapolis - Second Harvest Heartland
- New York - Food Bank for New York City
- Oakland - Alameda County Community Food Bank
- Philadelphia - PhilAbundance
- Phoenix - St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance
- Pittsburgh - Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
- San Diego - San Diego Food Bank
- San Francisco - San Francisco Food Bank
- Seattle - Northwest Harvest
- St. Louis - St. Louis Area Food Bank
- Tampa - America's Second Harvest of Tampa Bay
- Toronto - Daily Bread
- Washington - Capital Area Food Bank
If your city or town isn't represented here, head on over to Feeding America. Thanks for reading; let's hope that by the time we all sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, there are millions of folks who can take their names off the list of the hungry.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Kris at Flickr)