The holiday season is here and with that brings a sense of excitement, joy and gratitude. For most people, the holidays signify a time of celebration and a time to give. For the children we serve, this time of year brings a sense of insecurity, a fear of not knowing when they will eat next, especially over the break from school.

Many of you will set aside time to volunteer with your favorite local cause. Some of you will even donate money to help an organization continue its mission. By giving locally, you are choosing to make a direct impact in the community you live, work and play.

As you consider where to give back this holiday season, we want to share some ways you can partner with TABLE. Whatever you choose to do, you can help make a difference/ Whether it’s food donations, time or funds, you are joining in the fight against childhood hunger right here in our community.

Participate in #GivingTuesday –Join the movement on December 3rd and give back either through fundraising, volunteering or simply sharing kindness! Set up a personal fundraiser on Facebook; organize a food drive (tips here); or just help us by spreading the word about TABLE in your neighborhood, church and workplace.

Become a monthlyTABLE SetterThrough monthly donations, you not only provide TABLE with a dependable source of funding that allows us to plan ahead but you also join a very special group of people reaching out every month to provide healthy food and nutrition education for children in our community.

Donate Food – We are always in need of food as we try to feed more kids each week. Check out our Food Wish List and drop off your donated items at TABLE or at one of our convenient drop off locations. You can collect food on your own, or get others involved by setting up a collection in your neighborhood, school or workplace.

Volunteer – Consider helping us organize and shelve food or assemble and deliver bags of food to schools, afterschool centers, and door-to-door in neighborhoods. If you like working with kids you could join a SnackChef shift where you can help teach kids how to make fun and nutritious snacks.

Shop with Amazon Smile – Check off the items on your holiday lists by shopping on Amazon Smile. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to TABLE. Click here to join Amazon Smile. Then search for and select  “TABLE Ministries, Carrboro, NC,” and start shopping!

Regardless of the organization you choose to support, by giving back in your community you know exactly where your money is going. There’s no need to wonder how your money is being used when you can see firsthand the impact being made on a daily basis. And when you volunteer your time, you are forming bonds with the people in your neighborhood and creating long lasting relationships. Choose to make a difference this holiday season. Choose to make a difference in your community.