Season of Giving: 5 Easy Cashless Ways to Help Feed the Hungry

Whether or not it’s the holidays, every season should be the season of giving. If you are reading this, chances are you’re on your phone, laptop or desktop…meaning you are wealthier than the majority of the world’s population and have access to food whenever you want. Never take that for granted and, whenever you can, remember to help those who can’t even afford their next meal.

When you do help someone out, think about how it makes you feel.  You’ll quickly realize that it is truly is better to give than receive.

How to Give When You Don’t Have Cash

Ever feeling guilty passing by someone in need with empty pockets? Ditch the awkward “sorry, no cash” and embrace these simple, practical ways to share kindness, no matter your budget:

Snack Stash in Your Car

Keep a stash of individually wrapped, non-perishable snacks like granola bars, fruit leathers, or crackers in your glove box. This way, you’re always ready to offer a bite-sized boost when you encounter someone hungry. Bonus points for healthy options!

Regular Food Bank Donations

Set up a recurring donation to your local food bank. It’s like a tiny hero working in your absence, quietly ensuring meals reach those who need them most. You’ll feel good knowing you’re making a steady impact, one bite at a time.

Become a Leftover Superhero

Portion control is key, but when faced with a delicious plate, we all know the struggle of “just one more bite.” Instead of fighting the urge to overeat, pack half your meal to-go. Now, you have a nutritious, ready-made offering for someone in need, and you’ve conquered your food coma.

Farmers’ Market Magic

Farmers’ markets are bursting with fresh produce, but sometimes, vendors end up with extra. Before they toss those perfectly good apples or slightly bruised veggies, offer to take them! You can then drop them off at a local shelter or soup kitchen, transforming “waste” into a delicious meal.

Volunteer for a Meal Miracle

Food banks and shelters rely on helping hands. Even a few hours a week sorting donations, preparing meals, or serving food can make a world of difference. You’ll meet inspiring people, learn valuable skills, and witness the direct impact of your kindness.

Remember, every little bit counts. So ditch the guilt, embrace these creative solutions, and become a champion for those in need. You might not have cash, but you have the power to share a smile, a healthy snack, or even a hot meal. Be the difference, one bite at a time.

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Hello! I'm Kristina

Kristina Reynolds is the Founder & CEO of Glutto and an alumna of the University of California, San Diego. She writes articles & posts for Glutto Digest with insights from fellow industry experts. Furthermore, she is the author of The Fittest Food Lovers: How EVERY BODY Can be Incredibly Fit and Still Enjoy Food, a collaborative philanthropic book with proceeds going to charities that fight world hunger.