Winsome Stoner, an employee of the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, helps with refrigerated items at the pantry's location in Brooklyn, New York on October 25, 2013.
Photo by John Trotter for MSNBC

What you can do to help hungry Americans on Thanksgiving


A new and harsh reality has set in for 47 million needy Americans who rely on food stamps. At the beginning of November, the Supplemental Nutitrtion Assistance Program (SNAP) was cut by $5 billion, an affliction that will force some of America’s food-insecure to scrap their usual Thanksgiving dinner. MSNBC’s Ned Resnikoff reports: “For the first time that she can remember, Naquashia LeGrand’s household may go without Thanksgiving dinner. Her family is just too broke, living too close to the margin, to pull off a big turkey dinner, she said.”

How can you help? Volunteer at your local soup kitchen, food bank and pantry. Or check the list below to get involved with national organizations.



And remember, Thanksgiving is a great time to get involved, but there are 364 other days in the year hungry Americans need your help!