Many people see the devastation that is occurring around the world and start to ask themselves the all important question How can I help the cause of world hunger? While this is certainly one of the most important questions people can consider in their quest to help make the most impact in their quest to make a difference, it is important that you understand that not all relief agencies may have the same level of effectiveness as others.
Some agencies may have a smaller percentage of their gross donations actually impact the people in dire need. Of course, there is certainly a need for much of the money received during fundraising programs to be used as a means of keeping the problem and program in the forefront of peoples minds; however, it is also crucial that the largest percentage of donations be used to make the greatest impact for those struggling with hunger. Be sure to thoroughly research the organization you choose and work only with the most reputable in helping to solicit other donations and supplies.
Another thing to consider is the fact that it can be easy for people to want to go out and purchase food items or other tangible products, but frequently a monetary donation can be much more effective. One reason donations of money make such a big difference is that supplies can be purchased according to the exact needs of the area being sent aide; however, it also leaves the relief agency the advantage of being able to purchase larger quantities of needed supplies at lower prices.
Single cans of food, or even a case or two, can prove logistically harder to store, stack, move, sort and distribute; whereas, large quantities of known products can much more easily be accounted for, shipped and distributed where needed. One difference with the single item donation method is for local distribution needs. Local food banks will often not have the resources to purchase huge quantities that need to be stored and distributed; they often rely on the generosity of local residents to fill the shelves of their local food banks and this is usually done by direct donations of food products.