7 Reasons to Give Thanks

At a time filled with gratitude, the sheer amount of things to be thankful for is overwhelming! Here are seven reasons to give thanks…

You Volunteered! Thank you for being so generous with your time to help others. More than 43,000 volunteers donated nearly 127,000 hours to fight hunger last year.

You Gave! Whether you’re an individual donor, corporate supporter or food partner, your donations made a huge impact in our community. Thanks to you, in October alone, 5.6 million pounds of food were distributed across six Central Florida counties.

You Raised Funds! Whether you hosted a Facebook Fundraiser, Virtual Food Drive or FUNdraise for Good page, thank you. With every email sent, message posted and page shared, you inspired and engaged your friends, family and co-workers to get involved. Since January, all your hard work raised over $86,000 to feed hope in Central Florida.

You Changed Lives! Over the past six years, you helped shorten the line of need in Central Florida. Thank you for supporting the Culinary Training Program and cheering on over 320 graduates in their pursuit of a fresh start. Members of Class 36 are currently preparing to launch their new careers in the new year thanks to you!

You Fed Our Neighbors! Thanks to the strength of the 550-member strong feeding partner network, every week hundreds of thousands of pounds of food makes its way into the hands of our most vulnerable neighbors. We are so thankful for you and everything you do all year long.

You Spoke Up! Hunger is not about a shortage of food. It’s about a community’s will to help each other meet this basic need. Last year, over 900 advocates lent their voices to important issues like the Farm Bill and SNAP, which is a crucial program that puts food back into the hands of nearly 670,000 Central Floridians every day. Thank you for being a voice to the voiceless.

Most of all, thank YOU! It is thanks to your support that 63 million meals nourished the lives of Central Floridians experiencing hunger last year. Your actions on behalf kids, families, seniors and veterans experiencing hunger are inspiring. Thank you!

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