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More than one million New Yorkers don’t have enough food to eat. So while you’re gearing up for an overindulgent Thanksgiving, many people are going hungry. The harsh reality is that these past few years, people are more in need than ever due to the poor economy. Many people, approximately 3.3 million, who had no problem affording food in the past, are now having difficulty affording this basic need. It’s overwhelming but you can help. We know you want to, so head to your pantry and clean house for the hungry. If you’re feeling really nice, you can make a special shopping trip or organize a collection at your work or in your neighborhood with these food drives in mind.

Here’s what you can donate (try to go organic if you can): canned food (fruit, veggies, fish), beans, rice, pasta, peanut butter (in plastic jars), packaged mac and cheese, hot and cold cereal (bulk is better), anything in jars like sauce. Just make sure the items are non-perishable.

City Harvest and The NY Daily News are teaming up for a mega food drive from November 15th until January 7th. You can drop your donation off at any FDNY or NYPD station, any Modell’s Sporting Goods Store in New York City, or to the Daily News building lobby at 450 W. 33rd St.

The Food Bank for New York City is holding a virtual food drive which allows them to give the hungry more than just canned foods. There are three ways you can participate: through Go Orange Online, NYC Goes Orange, and Check-Out Hunger.

Shop online at FreshDirect! Now through the holidays, for every large Thanksgiving meal orders, FreshDirect will donate two turkeys to City Harvest. You can also add a monetary contribution to your cart, too. Only $5 will help to feed 22 New Yorkers for a day!

Check your local homeless shelters as well to donate food or volunteer to serve dinner. Every little bit counts!

image: Mr. Kris