feeding the hungry

Volunteers serve meals to the hungry at a Christmas day feast in New York.

AP Photo/Seth Wenig

In the United States, there are more than 63,000 agencies that distribute 2.5 billion pounds of food to the hungry every year. There are lots of ways you can lend a hand and help make that job a little easier. Although helping out at a soup kitchen around the holidays is a thoughtful choice, food banks and local agencies helping hungry families are looking for enthusiastic volunteers 12 months a year. If you can drive a car, take an inventory, sort and container goods, design a Web site or make calls to solicit donations, your regional food bank, a local low-income day care center, group home, soup kitchen or senior care center will probably be able to take advantage of your special skills.