Over the last couple of years, I have gotten to know some amazing folks, thanks to social media, who run a project called The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project. The goal is to collect reusable bags to help individuals visiting food pantries to safely, efficiently transport food. We all know how flimsy plastic and paper bags can be (not to mention the scourge plastic bags are on the environment); imagine trying to carry those flimsy bags across several city blocks, or taking them on public transportation. Tote bags are collected and distributed to food banks.
In addition, The Pittsburgh Tote Bag project helps raise awareness about various needs of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food bank, about hunger, and about recycling. In short, this group does a whole lot of good. As part of their 2012 Holiday Project, they decided to specifically raise awareness about the culturally diverse impact of hunger. Imagine not having your favorite food, a long standing family tradition, as part of your holiday meal. The 2012 Holiday Project suggested that people donate ethnic food items, along with a reusable tote bag.
Please consider donating to your local foodbank this holiday season, and take some time to check out The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project. They are just good people.