How My Ripple Turned $100 Into Nearly $1000 to Fight Hunger and Poverty in My Community

About a month ago I signed up to participate in Yahoo's "How Good Grows" Ripples of Kindness program and I received $100 to get me started. Since that check arrived I've gone through dozens of scenarios in my head. I considered paying for a stranger's groceries, buying books for my grandmother's former nursing home and loading up on toys to donate to a local children's hospital.

Then it dawned on me that I truly wanted to use the money to help people in need, so I was about to pack up the boys and head to Costco to purchase as much food as $100 could buy to donate to our local food bank, The Community Food Bank of New Jersey (full disclosure--I work for the public relations agency that represents the Food Bank). Before heading out the door I check the website to find the nearest drop-off location when I read this:

"For every dollar of our operating budget, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey is able to distribute $9.59 worth of food and groceries."

Wait just one minute--so my $100 donation would actually purchase nearly $1,000 worth of food? AND I don't have to go out in the cold and deal with the crowds at Costco 6 days before Christmas? Done and done!

With a few clicks of the mouse I donated the $100 given to me by Yahoo! to fight hunger and poverty in my community, and I hope you find yourself inspired to give as well.

For information about donating to your local food bank, visit http://feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx and click on your home state.

Your turn!

This post originally appeared on Fits "N" Giggles.