The excitement of the holiday season heightens our feelings of goodwill and provides numerous opportunities for giving.
Because the holidays are inextricably linked with cultural and family traditions, food banks and other food charities often ask for donations on behalf of the citizens they serve. So, as you donate foods to sponsored families, please consider the idea of giving philanthropically.
Philanthropic giving simply brings importance to the long-term results of your gifts.
The foods we choose to give, bite by bite, either contributes to building health and wellness of the people we serve, or degrades it.
Rather than throwing monetary donations and unwanted or leftover foods at a problem for short-term resolution, what if we all gave strategically, exchanging good intentions with real solutions? Productive solutions that actually elevate the health and nutrition standards of the children and families consuming these foods and that also contribute to the bigger health, nutrition and ethical issues surrounding food, making kindness and compassion a priority for all.
If this idea resonates with you, click here for a list of nutrient-dense, plant-based, whole food items that can be used as a guide when considering donation items this year.
*VIRGINIA BEACH LOCAL DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:
• Fruitive (1624 Laskin Road, Hilltop North Shopping Center)
• The Green Cat Juice Bar & Market (38th & Pacific)
• My Vegan Sweet Tooth (3916 Virginia Beach Blvd. Town Center area)
• Green Leaf and Pebble Tea Spa (529 N. Great Neck Road)
• The Juice Box Camper (open weekends, see Facebook for details on locations near Shore Drive)
*IF YOU ARE NOT LOCAL TO THE VIRGINIA BEACH AREA, PLEASE CONSIDER ORGANIZING A HEALTHY FOOD DRIVE IN YOUR OWN HOMETOWN.*
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 10AM
All items will be collected, sorted, and distributed Saturday and Sunday, November 21st and 22nd, the weekend before Thanksgiving to:
(This organization provides a variety of services to disadvantaged children and families that have been touched by the juvenile court system in Virginia Beach. These children include, but are not limited to, victims of domestic violence, the foster care system, and those in need of court appointed special advocates (CASA).)