Food recovery. Are you familiar with this term? While it seems apparent that this would be the act of saving food, it goes a little deeper than that. Food recovery is a great program that a network of participants have come together to feed the poor, and hungry. Recently while reading the local paper, I read an article about Willamette University, the first university to be established in the Western United States, and a group of dining hall students and associates who come together to reduce waste while feeding hundreds of those in need. Food Recovery Network now has more than 100 participants and growing. Since Willamette has taken part, over 3,100 pounds of food have been recovered from the University and given to the Union Gospel Mission as well as Women at Well Grace. To read more details on this touching story, I posted a link at the bottom of this blog. This brought about a useful topic to kick off this ‘season of giving’.

While we might not all have the option of recovering thousands of pounds of food to feed those in need, there are many other ways lend a hand. This time of year you can find many organizations who are ready to help you help others. For example,Toys For Tots. In 1996 this became a nation wide foundation, sponsored by the U.S Marine Corps Reserves that provides not only toys, but hope for many needy youngsters. Along with that, The Salvation Army has many ways to donate to a variety of people including adults, children and families, international and disaster relief. Salvation Army, with its 135 years plus of service, last year helped to reach approximately 30 million in need. For animal lovers out there, Animal Humane Society accepts a variety of donations. A list of those items and locations can be found on their website. Lastly you can check out your local food bank for regularly scheduled events throughout the year. Don’t forget that many donations are tax deductible so there is an added bonus to something that is rewarding enough in itself. Although I only mentioned some of the more popular and convenient outlets, there are plenty more opportunities for a simple act of kindness.

The saying ‘Pay It Forward’ comes to mind when I think about giving because it is a movement that can be done anytime of the year and has been going on decades before we would even realize it. In a letter sent from Benjamin Franklin to Benjamin Webb in 1784, Franklin writes, “When you […] meet with another honest man in similar distress, you must pay me by lending this sum to him; enjoying him to discharge the debt by like operation, when he shall be able, and shall meet with another opportunity. I hope it may thus go thro’ many hands, before it meets with a knave that will stop its progress. This is a trick of mine for doing a deal of good with a little money.” These acts are still done on a daily basis believe it or not. It is a reminder that any time can be the perfect time to lend out a helping hand, even in the smallest amount. Now poses the perfect time to start helping and notice the many benefits for the others that your contributions reach as well as the personal reward. We can be recognized and remembered as a kind and united people.  When people come together, great things are achievable.

 

More on the Willamette University story…

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/local/causes/2014/11/21/good-waste-students-recover-food-homeless/19367613/

 

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