With the coronavirus ravaging entire industries and putting hourly wage workers out of a paycheck, more folks are likely to go hungry in America and around the world. Consider donating to one of these food banks and non-profit organizations as we all deal with COVID-19.

If you’re set up at home with enough food, water, booze, and Netflix shows to see you through 2021, then you might be wondering how you can help those who aren’t in such good shape.

Service workers who rely on tips, and freelancers who need projects and steady consumer spending to survive, will surely be having a rough month. So, yes, definitely consider having your bartender or photographer friend over for dinner in the coming weeks. Even better? Buy a gift card from one of your local bars or restaurants to use later, helping them combat losses and pay staff.

DO GOODFeel Good Food: These Charitable Food Brands are Helping in the Fight Against HungerPronounced hunger will also be an issue in the days and weeks to come. Even before the outbreak and subsequent impact of the coronavirus outbreak, 1 in 7 people in the U.S. were considered food insecure, according to Feeding America. There is no doubt there will be a ripple effect and many hourly workers and folks who were already on the bubble may be sent into full-on food insecurity and food banks and other not-for-profit organizations will be stretched to even thinner margins than normal.

While volunteering in person isn’t currently a safe option, now is as good a time as ever to donate to a local or national food bank or soup kitchen. Here are a few around the country to support during these tough times.

Feeding America

One of the largest food networks of food banks in the U.S., this national organization has arms in every state of the country and wherever food insecurity exists. Feeding America has already established a COVID-19 Response Fund to help food banks across the country as they support communities impacted by the pandemic.


Unlike others on this list, UNICEF works on global hunger, most notably children in need. It’s probably no surprise that there are many countries with much more food insecurity than the U.S., so if you’d like to contribute to help fight world hunger during this pandemic, UNICEF is a good organization to support. 

World Central Kitchen

Chef José Andrés has been truly tireless in his effort to feed hungry mouths wherever a crisis hits. The recent outbreak of COVID-19 is no exception, and WCK has been on the front lines delivering food to folks affected, including those trapped and quarantined on cruise ships. 

California Association of Food Banks 

California has more people than any state, and that includes plenty of folks on the hunger bubble. The website, which helps aggregate and manage information about the many food banks throughout the state, allows you to find a local food bank and make a direct donation.

All Faiths Food Bank

Washington has been the state hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis thus far. If you’d like to help in their fight against local hunger and food security, make a donation to the All Faiths Food Bank based in Washington.

City Harvest

City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue operation. Considering New York has more people and hourly wage workers than any other city in the U.S., this would be a good time to inject some capital into a local NYC food bank.

In It Together NYC is another organization that will help match you with an NYC food bank and explain how you can best get involved in your neighborhood.

Header image courtesy of World Central Kitchen.

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