How and Where to Give this Holiday Season


We hope your holiday table overflows with a festive feast this merry season, but we also hope you are able to give to those who’ll do without this Christmas. Here are a handful of philanthropic foodie projects to consider for your “give-back ” list.

Bread of Life Fellowship
This west Orange County nonprofit will be delivering all the fixings for a Christmas dinner to more than 1,000 families in need. Volunteers are needed at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve at Ocoee High School to unload food donations and pack the boxes. On Christmas morning, starting at 8am, volunteers will deliver the goods to families’ homes. For more information call 407-654-7777 or email [email protected]

The Sharing Center
Take the shopping list, already prepared by this Longwood charity, and gather all the ingredients for a complete Christmas meal or make a tax-deductible financial gift of $40, which covers the cost of a holiday meal (with leftovers) for a family of four. For more information email [email protected] or call the pantry directly at 407-691-3134.

New Directions Community Outreach
This Casselberry nonprofit needs food donations and volunteers for its Christmas Day Dinner for the Homeless-Community, noon – 3pm at United Methodist Church in Casselberry. Call (407) 900-1910 for more details.

Hands On Orlando
Get linked up with more than 300 community agencies who need everything from help sorting food donations to cooking Christmas dinners. Contact 407-740-8652 or email [email protected] for more details.

Second Harvest Food Bank
Second Harvest (pictured above) needs a ton of food sorters to assist with the increase in donations through the holidays. In addition, you can participate in the virtual food drive, which gives folks the chance to see how far donation dollars are really going. There is a specific campaign for the holidays here.