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Top Ways to Support Food Banks this Holiday Season

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With the hustle and bustle of the holidays just around the corner, it can feel impossible to keep track of everything you’re hoping to do. So, to save you some precious time and effort, we’ve compiled the top eight ways you can support Food Bank of Wyoming this holiday season. 

Right now, record-high inflation, supply chain challenges, and the lingering effects of the pandemic are forcing tens of thousands of our neighbors across Wyoming to make excruciatingly difficult decisions. Often, those decisions revolve around where and how to spend hard-earned dollars: Do they buy enough food to nourish themselves and their loved ones, or do they pay for essential prescription medications? Utility bills? Gas to get to work? 

Experiencing hunger at any time is difficult, and is especially devastating during the holidays. With so many families, children, older adults, and individuals in Wyoming experiencing hunger right now, your community needs your support more than ever. Here are eight ways to provide hope, food, and holiday cheer for your neighbors this season.  

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How can you help people facing food insecurity? Donate money to a food bank. 
Every $1 donated helps Food Bank of Wyoming distribute enough food for three meals to individuals experiencing hunger. Financial gifts of any amount fuel our programs such as Totes of Hope™ and afterschool meals for kids, EverGreen Boxes™ for older adults, and Mobile Pantries for anyone who needs help making ends meet at any time. As you reflect back on 2022 and look ahead to 2023, consider taking a moment to do good in your community and ensure that everyone has enough to eat throughout the holidays and beyond by donating today.

Plus, during December your gift to support our Wyoming neighbors will be matched, up to $100,000, thanks to the generous support of the John P. Ellbogen Foundation. That means that right now, $1 helps provide enough food for 6 nourishing meals! Be a part of it and have your gift DOUBLED for twice the impact by December 31. Donate here.

Give the Gift of Hope 
Make your donation double as a gift for a relative, friend, or colleague, and donate in their honor. You can also donate money to Food Bank of Wyoming in memory of someone. Our website makes it easy to send an e-card to notify the recipient (or their loved one) of your gift in their honor or memory, or even choose to have us send them a handwritten card!  

Create a Virtual Holiday Food Drive
A virtual food drive is a great way to ensure your financial gift goes further because we’re able to take every dollar donated and use it to buy food at wholesale or lower costs. Make it a group bonding activity and ask loved ones, friends, and coworkers to join you! It’s effective, secure, and convenient to create a virtual food drive on our website.  

Make it Monthly 
Hunger is prevalent throughout our community year-round, not just during the holidays. Help us get closer to ending food insecurity throughout the year by making a recurring donation of any amount each month. Reliable support helps us plan and deepens your impact in the community. Click the box to make this a monthly gift and enjoy knowing that you’re making a difference all year long.  

Join the Movement on Giving Tuesday
Be a part of the world’s “biggest celebration of generosity” on Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2022, by donating to Food Bank of Wyoming. If you’re looking for reasons to support the Food Bank, check out our 2022 Impact Report, filled with stories, data, information, and insights on how we ignite the power of community to nourish our neighbors.

Give Smart 
Gifts of appreciated securities or qualified charitable distributions from your retirement account are tax-smart ways to support your neighbors facing hunger. When you give a gift of stock you avoid capital gains taxes. If you’re 70-and-a-half or older, you can donate up to $100,000 directly from a taxable IRA instead of taking your required minimum distribution. Please notify us when you initiate a stock transfer or an IRA gift so we can record and acknowledge your donation. You can reach us via phone at 307-232-4011 or via email at jstillwagon@wyomingfoodbank.org. Learn more about smart ways to give today 

Leave a Legacy of Good 
Remember us in your will or as a beneficiary on an account this holiday season and leave a legacy that will last for generations. By doing so, not only will you be leaving a legacy of generosity, but you’ll also be invited to join our Heirloom Circle! Your gift can be made as a percentage of your estate, or you can make a specific bequest by giving a certain amount of cash, securities, or property. Learn more about the benefits of making a charitable bequest.  

Volunteer Your Time  
If means are limited and you’re unable to donate money, consider volunteering with us. With the increased need for food in our community, your support is invaluable. Every day we need individuals and groups to help us provide food to people experiencing hunger. If you’re too busy during the holidays, we are always in need of volunteers, especially in January, February, and March! 

Here at Food Bank of Wyoming, the holidays are about gratitude, and we could not be more grateful for your support. Thank you for nourishing our community and ensuring everyone has access to nutritious food for themselves and their loved ones. We could not do this work without you. 

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