November, for many, is time to look around and give thanks for all the many great opportunities we have and the many great aspects of our lives. At FormAssembly, we’re especially grateful to be able to help so many nonprofit and for-profit companies improve their work every day. When our form building and data collection tool helps another group give back to the people they serve, it’s that much more gratifying for us.

Lots of people associate the fall season with bountiful feasts and dining tables full of food, but not everyone has access to this kind of luxury. This month, we’re highlighting several of our customers who work to combat hunger, educate people about healthy food, and support projects that reduce food waste and support sustainability. This fall and throughout the year, these amazing nonprofits are working hard to provide people with the food they need.

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The Park Avenue Synagogue is a Manhattan synagogue that was founded in 1882. One of their goals is to enrich the lives of their members through worship, educational programs, and trips; and to help their community with a variety of resources.

This Thanksgiving season they’re helping out by packaging and distributing turkeys and other traditional Thanksgiving foods to New York families in need. Because of their work, people will get the chance to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner when they might not otherwise. Learn more about the event and the organization on their website.

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Food brings people together around the Thanksgiving table, but this nonprofit is focusing on teaching kids about healthy eating year-round. FoodCorps is an AmeriCorps grantee, and they work with a number of state partners to teach children the importance of eating healthily and living healthy lives through cooking and gardening instruction, and healthier cafeteria options.

People can get involved with FoodCorps in a number of different ways, all the way from donating to becoming a service member and helping out the community in a very real way.

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Hunger is a widespread and serious problem affecting millions of people in the U.S. MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a leading nonprofit working to end hunger among all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. MAZON employs a multi-faceted approach to ending hunger through advocacy and education, grantmaking, and various programs to address underserved populations.

They recently launched This Is Hunger, a traveling, interactive exhibit that will bring participants face-to-face with hunger in America. Learn more at thisishunger.org or mazon.org.

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The Food Bank for New York City has spent the last over three decades working to fight hunger around New York City. They provide millions of free meals a year to New York City residents, with the help of their sizable network of schools and charitable organizations. The Food Bank has been recognized for their contributions over the years with awards like the United Federation of Teachers’ John Dewey Award for Excellence in Education in 2016.

Through December 3, the New York City Food Bank’s Students Against Hunger program will mobilize students to collect donations. This is just one way the Food Bank for New York City works in their community to combat hunger. Learn about other ways to help out their cause on their website.

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The Mississauga Food Bank is focused on meeting the food needs of people in Mississauga, Ontario. They provide tens of thousands of meals a month and support thousands of people facing poverty and hunger. Earlier this fall, they ran their annual Thanksgiving campaign, with impressive results:

  • $123,531 raised in donations (more than their goal of $100,000)
  • 219,975 pounds of donated food (also exceeding their goal of 200,000 pounds of donated food)

Learn more about the Mississauga Food Bank on their website.

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We hope this article inspires you to learn more about these great nonprofits or seek out other organizations in your community that are helping out in similar ways. Learn more about the organizations above and find ways to get involved and give back this holiday season.

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