Potato Chip Cats: There's still time to help feed the hungry in Connecticut

Monday, December 23, 2013

There's still time to help feed the hungry in Connecticut

Bank of America adds $2 to every dollar donated online to the Connecticut Food Bank this holiday, and it's not too late to make a difference.

I like to recognize companies who have a lot (sometimes too much?) and choose to give back with social responsibility programs, and now there's a national corporation backing an important non-profit, with the opportunity to support people in my home area.

Bank of America is sponsoring the Give a Meal Campaign through Feeding America now through January 10, 2014 to help low-income families enjoy the holiday season, and you can make a donation locally!

To those of you who may not be from the great state of CT and only hear the stereotypes: yes, as a matter of fact, there are hungry people in Connecticut. While it may be considered one of the richest states, it also has one of the widest wealth gaps in the nation. It's kind of embarrassing and shameful, but until we can right this disparity, places like Connecticut Food Bank need help. The need has never been greater in Connecticut, as 424,000 people are being affected by the federal cuts to SNAP (food stamps). Connecticut Food Bank is receiving more requests for food assistance than ever before.

For every dollar donated online at www.bankofamerica.com/give, Bank of America will match it by $2, up to a total of $1.5 million. For example, donate $10 online, and Bank of America will make a $20 match. 

But if you're reading this and you'd like to support your own neighbors, you can select to give to your local food bank based on your billing zip code, or to the Feeding America national office. Just make a $5 minimum donation, up to a maximum donation of $1,000 per individual. You can feed a family for three weeks with just $28. But hurry! The Give a Meal Campaign only lasts until January 10, 2014.

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