The economic crisis unleashed by the pandemic caused a sharp increase in food insecurity in the United States. Because many people lost their jobs, it became a struggle for families to put food on the table. If you are in a position to help, below are some ways to fight food insecurity in your community and make a difference.

1. Look for Mutual Aid networks.
Mutual Aid groups rose with the pandemic. It is a network created by communities where members take direct action to care for one another. Search for one near you, or if there is no organization in place, consider starting your own. For sure, you will not have a hard time finding people around who want to help, too.

2. Call your local representative.
The pandemic is not the sole cause of food insecurity. It is the result of larger injustices that affect millions of Americans. The long-term solution is to put policies in place so that more people get out of dire financial straits that cause hunger. Call your local representative and push for policies that encourage better food access for everyone.

3. Reach out to a food bank.
You can donate or volunteer at a food bank near you to serve food to the hungry. Feeding America is a popular organization. Check if there is a local chapter in your area.

4. Stock a community fridge.
Since the pandemic started, some communities put up community fridges outdoors where anyone can take or give food. If you can buy a little extra on your next grocery trip, considering leaving it inside a local fridge and help a family in need.

5. Start a food drive.
If you want to shake up your routine and combat food insecurity at the same time, why not organize a food drive? Gather extra food you have in your pantry and collect from other people that you know. There is the added benefit of organizing your kitchen and making room for new supplies. One box of food can already make a big impact!