Not everyone had the chance to stuff themselves silly over the Thanksgiving weekend.  Many of us were lucky enough to have more food at our houses than we could possibly consume, so this would be a good week to cut back, and reach out to make sure other Idahoans have at least enough.

Both the Idaho Foodbank and the Salvation Army are saying the need is great, and they really appreciate the donations of non-perishable foods right now.

People tend to come through with lots of donations before the Thanksgiving holiday since there's more awareness of the need leading up to the big day, but hunger doesn't go away after the holiday.  If anything, the need to stock the shelves might be greater after Thanksgiving because the big food drives tend to drop off.

The CEO of the Idaho Foodbank told KTVB that families may have extra expenses for their kids going back to school or different needs that come up this time of year, and the Food bank sees need increase.

Helping out doesn't necessarily have to mean giving a donation of food or cash.  It can also mean volunteering, which might include packing or distributing food for a couple of hours.

The Salvation Army works with the Idaho Foodbank and they have many volunteer opportunities too.  And the money raised with the Red Kettle Campaign stays right here in Boise, so tossing a few coins into the slot when we walk past the bell ringers would be another easy way to help.

Whether it's a can of kidney beans from the pantry or cash, or a few hours on a Saturday, helping a neighbor can help us all feel better about how we move through the holiday season.  And if you're like me, you're trying to teach the kiddos that's what it's all about.

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