It’s the time of year we’re often buying gifts for our family and friends, or thinking about what gifts we might receive, but often forgotten are the 46 million Americans who are food insecure, let alone without gifts and family this holiday season. Here are three helpful tips to encourage giving in the workplace:

Monthly giving People often have money deposited directly into their savings, so why not set aside part of your monthly paycheck for a cause you’re passionate about? Even if it’s $5 per month, that’s $60 a year – enough to feed a hungry family of four for an entire week!  You could also do this in the form of a payroll deduction, where a certain amount is automatically deducted from an employee’s account and donated to a charity of their choosing.

Launch a workplace giving campaign Make it competitive the whole team involved and decide on one nonprofit that everyone wants to raise money for. Use a platform like Crowdrise or GoFundMe to see who can raise the most money; incentivized by fun prizes, it can be a win-win for everyone. 

Matching gifts Employers often match 401k payments and other benefits, so why not match charitable giving? Your company might match your gift, or even double or triple charitable donations. 

No matter how small the gift, it’s sure to make an impact on someone’s life who needs it most. The Feeding America organization says that just $1 can provide up to 11 meals to those in need. This shows that a donation doesn’t need to be thousands of dollars to make a difference. Motivate those within your workplace to do more.

FoodTruckCatering is proud to partner with Mary’s Meals, giving a portion of each customer’s food truck purchase toward feeding those in need. To date, we’ve helped donate over 200,000 meals; we’d would love to hear your giving ideas & work with you on giving back in 2018!