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Feeling Charitable? Reach Out to One of These Organizations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A global pandemic, the kind that sequesters people in their homes and slows cities to a crawl, has left people scrambling. Thankfully, many charities and organizations are helping those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is what you can do to support them!

Feeding America

Feeding America is a nationwide organization that harnesses support from local communities to the federal government to keep low-income families supplied with food. Right now, its biggest concern is children whose schools have closed, cutting off a source of healthy, free meals. Feeding America also has a running list of food banks across the country, if you'd like to donate closer to home.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels delivers food to seniors—safely, per CDC guidelines, as older folks are at greater risk of serious illness from COVID-19—and makes sure they're not left on their own while the country hunkers down. You can donate to the national branch, or call up your local Meals on Wheels provider. Trust us—it’s simple and extremely rewarding.

Homeless Shelters

According to medical researchers, the half-million homeless people in America are at a higher risk of contracting coronavirus, and shelters around the country have been advised by the CDC to conduct screenings. Meaning, the already-stressed shelter system will need more assistance than ever. Look to this directory of homeless shelters to find one near you.

American Red Cross: Give Blood

The coronavirus outbreak appears to be keeping Americans from donating blood. Hundreds of blood drives have already been canceled, but if you're healthy and still have access to one near your home, the Red Cross is asking that you schedule a time to donate. There is no evidence that coronavirus can be spread through blood, and Red Cross employees will employ stringent safety precautions.

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