Food Bank of Western Massachusetts receives $25K donation from builder; gift to fund 100,000 meals

SPRINGFIELD — On the steps of City Hall, Dan and Jane Roulier, the owners of a local housing construction company, donated $25,000 to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, and encouraged others to give what they could to help address the growing problem of food uncertainty brought on by the pandemic and economic downturn.



a couple of people posing for the camera: Jane Roulier, left, and Dan Roulier of Dan Roulier & Associates Inc. donated $25,000 to the Foodbank of Western Massachusetts.


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Jane Roulier, left, and Dan Roulier of Dan Roulier & Associates Inc. donated $25,000 to the Foodbank of Western Massachusetts.



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From left, Andrew Morehouse of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Jane Roulier, Dan Roulier, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

The Rouliers, owners of Dan Roulier & Associates, Inc. of Somers, made their announcement Thursday in a brief press event organized by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. Also present to accept the gift was Andrew Morehouse, Executive Director for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

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Dan Roulier, a Springfield native and Cathedral High School graduate, said that in his 35 yearsin business, he has always made it a policy to give back to the community.

“There’s no better time than now. There’s no greater reward than helping people who are in need,” he said. “And you have never seen a need like we’re seeing now or what we’re going to see.”

Morehouse said the donation will translate into around 100,000 meals for people in need in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties. The Food Bank uses the benchmark that every dollar donated pays for four meals.

The Food Bank supplies food to more than 200 food pantries and meals sites across the region.

Morehouse said that over the past year,

Among the ways that COVID-19 has impacted the region has been an increase in demand for meals provided by the Food Bank, he said,

“Because of the COVID-19 virus, and its impact on the economy, so many businesses are struggling. And because of that, people have lost their jobs(and) have lost their source of income,” he said.

The Food Bank has been providing assistance to an additional 20,000 people per month “who have never been to a pantry or a meal site before,” he said. “These are working folks who have never had to rely on public assistance or any kind of charity. And now for the first time in their lives they’re going to a pantry or meals site for a bag of groceries or a hot meal.”

Roulier said the impact of the pandemic on the economy has been devastating to the region, and it is likely going to get worse in the upcoming months as more people will be out of work, unable to pay for rent, and will be unable to feed their families.

“We are about to enter the most desperate times that we’ve had in the last 100 years,” he said.

“I just want to ask for the participation of the people in the community to help out your brothers and sisters.”

Sarno said Dan Roulier reached out to him

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First Friday event to showcase Downtown Dayton shopping, food and drinks on Dec. 4

Here are some of the highlights of downtown Dayton’s Dec. 4 First Friday.

ExploreGrab your holiday shopping list and head to the Oregon District

Art, Dance, Music and Film

🎄The Contemporary Dayton, 120 N. Jefferson St.

The Contemporary Dayton presents it’s annual Holiday CoShare, this year online. A virtual holiday shop with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Artist Members. Visit [thecontemporarydayton.org] to shop.

🎄Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N.

Under the current stay-at-home advisory, the museum and all exhibits are currently closed, but you can shop for holiday gifts at the online museum store, with proceeds going to the Dayton Art Institute. To shop, visit [the-dayton-art-institute-museum-store.mybigcommerce.com.

🎄Dayton Society of Artists, 48 High St.

The Dayton Society of Artists is pleased to present an online exhibition of work by their membership. All pieces are for sale and prices begin at $25. Visit https://daytondsa.org/holidaygallery [daytondsa.org]. People can also book an Appointment to see the latest DSA Gallery Exhibition.

🎄Edward A. Dixon Gallery, lobby of 131 N. Ludlow St.

In its new location in the lobby of the Talbott Tower at 131 N. Ludlow St., the gallery offers a collection of curated art from gallerist Edward A. Dixon, including discounted pieces. The gallery is open by appointment. Call the gallery at (937) 985-2115 or shop online at: http://shop.eadgallery.com/.

🎄First Friday at Front Street

The first-ever Christkindl Market at Front Street will start during First Friday. The market is a two-day event and will kick-off during First Friday at 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Dec. 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include a Window Light Display contest. For more information on how to participate in the voting, visit https://frontstreet.art/. The contest includes a Santa Selfie Contest, prizes and more.

🎄The Neon,130 E. Fifth St.

While out and about enjoying the First Friday festivities, check out the latest offerings from downtown Dayton’s independent art theater, featuring in-person and virtual viewing options at www.neonmovies.com.

🎄Wiley’s Comedy Club,101 Pine St.

Wiley’s is presenting the #WTF Comedy Show featuring Dayton favorite, Brent Bowser. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, tickets are only available online or by calling (937) 224-JOKE. Wiley’s is not currently selling tickets at the door. Find more information on wileyscomedy.com.

🎄Space Three, 39 S. St. Clair St.

Join us in the studio for Space Three Gives Back, a Swerk for a Cause class to benefit the American Cancer Society. Space is limited to guarantee social distancing. Visit spacethreedayton.com to register.

Dining and Drinks

🎄Local Cantina, 501 E. First St.

First Friday specials include $5 Mustache Ride Margaritas and $3 Draft pints from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

🎄Lock 27 Brewing, 329 E. First St.

Join Lock 27 inside the downtown Dayton taproom or on the newly expanded patio, with outdoor seating and fire pits for warmth. Taste Lock 27′s Great American Beer Festival bronze medal-winning Belgian Wit, or its Dirty Bean Stout, a new collaboration with Reza’s Dayton coffee, along with other options on tap. Food and drinks also available for

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Couple uses food from canceled wedding to feed 200 people on Thanksgiving

Like many weddings this year, Emily Bugg and Billy Lewis’ nuptials didn’t go as planned. Because of coronavirus restrictions, the couple decided to get married at City Hall in Chicago instead of having a big ceremony. And instead of taking the deposits for their reception back, they decided to repurpose them. 

The couple put their $5,000 worth of reception food to a good use on Thanksgiving, according to a local charity. Bugg and Lewis donated the 200 meals to Thresholds, an organization that provides services and resources for people with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois. 

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Emily Bugg packing Thanksgiving meals for Thresholds clients.

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Bugg is an outreach worker with the nonprofit, which helps people dealing with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depression, according to the organization.

Thresholds usually holds a communal Thanksgiving dinner for clients, but it was canceled due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions. Instead, Bugg and Lewis’ wedding caterer, Big Delicious Planet, put the couple’s $5,000 deposit to use to prepare special Thanksgiving meals for delivery.

The caterers worked alongside Threshold staff members to box individual meals, which where then delivered to the client’s homes. Big Delicious Planet cooked turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans and other Thanksgiving staples. 

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200 individual meals were provided to  clients, whose Thanksgiving meal through Threshold was originally cancelled due to the pandemic.

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The couple’s wedding venue, Salvage One, also agreed to repurpose their deposit for a future event for the Epilepsy Foundation. 

“In the grand scheme of things, canceling a big wedding isn’t the worst thing that could happen,” Bugg said. “We’re happy to be married, and we’re so happy that we could help Thresholds’ clients feel the connection of a Thanksgiving meal as a result of the wedding cancellation.”

Thresholds CEO Mark Ishaug said the couple’s donation is “an incredible example of the generosity and creativity that the pandemic has inspired in so many.”

“I know that Emily’s act of kindness will inspire others to do the same and build love and connection in a difficult time, in any way we can. Thresholds is so grateful for our staff, like Emily, who are so dedicated to their work serving those with mental illnesses,” he said.

The couple’s wedding may have been canceled, but their generosity helped bring many others joy on Thanksgiving.

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Food from canceled wedding feeds 200 on Thanksgiving

Like many weddings this year, Emily Bugg and Billy Lewis’ nuptials didn’t go as planned. Because of coronavirus restrictions, the couple decided to get married at City Hall in Chicago instead of having a big ceremony. And instead of taking the deposits for their reception back, they decided to repurpose them. 



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The couple put their $5,000 worth of reception food to a good use on Thanksgiving, according to a local charity. Bugg and Lewis donated the 200 meals to Thresholds, an organization that provides services and resources for people with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois. 



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Emily Bugg packing Thanksgiving meals for Thresholds clients. / Credit: Thresholds

Bugg is an outreach worker with the nonprofit, which helps people dealing with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depression, according to the organization.

Thresholds usually holds a communal Thanksgiving dinner for clients, but it was canceled due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions. Instead, Bugg and Lewis’ wedding caterer, Big Delicious Planet, put the couple’s $5,000 deposit to use to prepare special Thanksgiving meals for delivery.

The caterers worked alongside Threshold staff members to box individual meals, which where then delivered to the client’s homes. Big Delicious Planet cooked turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans and other Thanksgiving staples. 



a bunch of food on a table: 200 individual meals were provided to  clients, whose Thanksgiving meal through Threshold was originally cancelled due to the pandemic. / Credit: Thresholds


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200 individual meals were provided to  clients, whose Thanksgiving meal through Threshold was originally cancelled due to the pandemic. / Credit: Thresholds

The couple’s wedding venue, Salvage One, also agreed to repurpose their deposit for a future event for the Epilepsy Foundation. 

“In the grand scheme of things, canceling a big wedding isn’t the worst thing that could happen,” Bugg said. “We’re happy to be married, and we’re so happy that we could help Thresholds’ clients feel the connection of a Thanksgiving meal as a result of the wedding cancellation.”

Thresholds CEO Mark Ishaug said the couple’s donation is “an incredible example of the generosity and creativity that the pandemic has inspired in so many.”

“I know that Emily’s act of kindness will inspire others to do the same and build love and connection in a difficult time, in any way we can. Thresholds is so grateful for our staff, like Emily, who are so dedicated to their work serving those with mental illnesses,” he said.

The couple’s wedding may have been canceled, but their generosity helped bring many others joy on Thanksgiving.

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South America Pet Care (Food, Grooming, Accessories & Healthcare) Market Outlook, 2020-2025 with 2019 as the Base Year – ResearchAndMarkets.com – Press Release

DUBLIN–(Business Wire)–The “South America Pet Care (Food, Grooming, Accessories & Healthcare) Market Outlook, 2025” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The report gives an all-round analysis of the South American pet care market, which is increasing day by day. In this, the millennial plays a considerable role in pet adoption as they consider the pet as humans and are willing to take care of them.

As urbanization continues and disposable income rises, more consumers are turning towards pet companionship. As South American people shifted from pet ownership to pet parenthood, opportunities in every pet care segment have increased for any company that wants to capitalize on it.

The rise of e-commerce and other technologies have pushed the market on the path of growth. As the ownership of pets is increasing, the segments associated with the pet care market like pet accessories, pet grooming, pet healthcare, are also rising, with people are becoming aware of pet health, well-being, and comfort.

Globally, the South American pet care market stands at fourth position, which has generated a revenue of above USD 9 Billion. The pet care market is still at a growing stage but has posted the fastest growth when compared to the top three regions globally. In certain countries, the grooming and accessories market is not explored to its maximum & thus providing opportunities to the companies.

The pet food market has the largest share in the South American pet care market, as the people are becoming more aware and responsible for what they are feeding to their pets. This growing awareness will let the market grow with an expected CAGR of above 6% in the forecasted period till the year 2025.

The pet food market is followed by pet services, which include accessories, healthcare, and grooming. The overall market trend related to pet grooming products has been observed with both the economical and premium quality being in demand.

In countries like Brazil and Argentina, people are spending more on the health and well-being of the pet, which has given a significant growth in the grooming service segment. Pet grooming products have observed the fastest growth at a rate of 6% CAGR historically. Brazil has established itself among the top five pet care markets globally in terms of the retail value of sales over the past few years, achieving tremendous growth even during the economic recession the country has faced since 2014.

Major players in the market

  • Nestle SA
  • Mars Incorporated
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • J M Smucker
  • Blue-Buffalo
  • Champion Pet Foods
  • NicoluzziRacoes
  • United Pet Group Inc

Considered for the report:

  • Base year: 2019
  • Estimated year: 2020
  • Forecasted year: 2025

Key Topics Covered:

1 Executive Summary

2 Methodology

3 Regional Analysis

4 Global Pet Population Analysis

4.1 By Country (Dog/ Cat/ Bird/ Fish)

5 Global Pet Care Market Outlook

5.1 Market Size By ValueBy Segment

5.2 Market Share

5.3 Global Pet Food Market Outlook

5.4 Global Pet Healthcare Market Outlook

5.5 Global Pet Accessories Market Outlook

5.6 Global Pet Grooming Market Outlook

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Gift of food should be available to all

I sat down today, with the intention to write about Christmas and holiday lists and gift giving and how to make merriment, even if we mostly have to do it from our own homes, with only the people who live there and not anyone else. And I will get to those things, but first, it’s hard to write about anything joyful without acknowledging that there’s a good amount of suffering and sadness in our world. And quite possibly more, too, before we can move on.

So before I ramble on about warm holiday breads and giving gifts, I’ll tell you what’s at the top of my wish list this year: food security and feeding people. There are people who do not have enough food to eat, right here in our own community. What do Paul and I say to our kids about all of this? That we can only hold on to each other and work hard to spread love, and spreading love includes giving our time and money to fighting food insecurity. Do that, we tell them, then do it some more. We also tell them to have hope and look to the future and believe that doing good work will change the world. We tell them, too, to dream. And to have wish lists.

I’m including the rest of my wish list here, a list of what I’d like to receive for Christmas. It’s just a bunch of things that feel good, and right now, a list of feel-good things is quite in order. This list may seem unrealistic and even a bit silly. But it’s a fantasy, after all, and my fantasy at that. There’s a little bit of everything, some art and culture, wishes that very well might come true and others, just a dream. So read on. Perhaps you’ll find something to add to your own list. It’s all free for the taking.

Music. This was the year of no live music. Whether it was the symphony, hip-hop or a screaming guitar on a late-night stage, we were robbed of all of it. My wish is to hear the sound of live music, and sometime soon. Until then, I’m lucky enough to have a son who plays guitar, and when I ask him to, Elliot will schlep his amp and electric guitar down the stairs and play rock ‘n’ roll songs while I chop and stir. There is nothing like the sound of a child making music, period.

Sleep. Ah, the days of sugarplums and sweet, sweet, long and dreamy nights. It used to be easy and it was just something we did: work hard all day, sleep all night. But those nights, those wonderful, luscious, dream-filled nights are long gone. Heck, I’d take a bad dream, just to make it through the night. My wish list includes one (just one!) night of uninterrupted sleep.

Art. Museums are open (at least they were when this went to press). Local galleries are open too. I’d like

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Holiday Food & Wine Gift Guide With Shop With Style

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When it comes to holiday gift-giving, food and wine always seem to be just the right fit – especially for people who are difficult to shop for. If you’re looking for gift ideas to suit any taste, Lifestyle Expert Amy Sewell worked with several companies to put together some ideas.

First, Omaha Steaks always has fabulous gift packages for the holidays – and this year is no exception! Their Tasteful Gift assortment has four each of their bacon-wrapped filet mignons, top sirloins, boneless pork chops, boneless chicken breasts, Omaha Steaks, burgers, and jumbo franks. You even get individual scalloped potatoes for sides and these scrumptious caramel apple tartlets for dessert! This entire package is $179.99, and while you still have plenty of time to order for holiday delivery, go-ahead place your order now so you can take advantage of standard shipping and check it off your list. You can order this at www.omahasteaks.com – and if you are anywhere near their stores, you can pick up the same item there as well!

Winter may almost be here, but it’s still the perfect time to enjoy that delicious year-round favorite…ICE CREAM! eCreamery has the perfect gifts for those with a sweet tooth. Their Santa’s Sweet Treat Collection includes four pints of their hand-churned holiday ice cream flavors such as Chocolate Cake with BrownieBites & Fudge Swirls, Sea Salt Caramel Brownie, Vanilla with Toffee Crunch, and my personal favorite, White Chocolate Peppermint with Chocolate Flakes. It comes with a dozen freshly-baked cookies that are individually-wrapped with these cute holiday stickers. In addition to their holiday collections,eCreamery lets you customize your own ice cream flavors and labels for those cartons! All of their pints are packed and shipped in dry ice, so they arrive in great condition and ready to enjoy. The Santa’s Sweet Treat Collection is$74.99 plus shipping, and you can find more information at www.ecreamery.com.

Next, personalized gifts are always popular, and PersonalizationMall.com is Amy’s go-to place for that. They are a leading eCommerce provider of personalized products and offer thousands of items with a broad range of innovative options. For the holidays, Amy loves these gorgeous Christmas Plaid Wine Glasses. These come in three different sizes, such as a stemless glass, along with both red and white wine glasses. They also have beautiful colors – you can also choose from red, green, or a mixed plaid. They are festive for Christmas – but they are not specific to the holiday, so you can enjoy using them anytime! These glasses start at $11.99 each, and you can find them at www.personalizationmall.com.

Finally, if you give wine glasses, you might want to give a little something to pour into them as well! White wine lovers will enjoy this Louis Jadot Chardonnay. It is a medium-bodied wine that pairs well with everything from fish and poultry to grilled vegetables. A versatile red wine for holiday gift-giving

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The Creator of L.A.’s Favorite Jelly Cakes Is All About Integrating Fashion and Food

Taking inspiration from “the Sanrio era, being a ’90s baby,” and “color blocking from Marni and Jil Sander,” Park worked with a friend who is a pastry chef to learn the proper technique for jelly cakes, such as suspending objects within the substance. “Initially, I didn’t know I was going to be making edible cakes,” she says. “I thought at first I just wanted this to be more of an art project. I still haven’t even done all the things I want to do…I’m really into textures, especially just working in fashion, playing with fabrics all the time. Jelly just seemed like a cool substance to start with.”

Those textures have resulted in endless regrams, and captured the attention of brands. Park was recently commissioned to make cakes for Nike, as well as the shaving company Billie, and has more top secret fashion collaborations coming before the end of the year. She also just launched her first dessert available at a restaurant. The aforementioned violet-blue corn on the cob is made of almond jelly sitting in a chicha morada syrup, a popular Peruvian beverage made from purple corn. It will be available at Opening Ceremony Founder Humberto Leon’s new restaurant, Chifa.

Jelly corn for Chifa.

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The Chifa collaboration was inspired by her first jelly corns, which she makes in a cheerful yellow. “Koreans are really obsessed with corn. It’s a cultural thing,” she says with a laugh. “I found a mold and I was like, ‘oh my God, I have to make it.’ I try to tie everything back to my culture.”

Park, who started Nünchi in July 2019, now makes about 200 cakes a month in her home kitchen, supplying both a la carte and custom orders. Each one is completely different, based on what Park has available and her inspiration. She sources local and fresh ingredients from her farmer’s market in Santa Monica or Hollywood. “Some people want the same thing, over and over again,” she explains. “I try to tell them, I don’t really want to be making the same cakes over and over again. But what’s cool is they’ll tell me, it’s for this person and here’s their Instagram, and that will kind of spawn something and I’ll kind of go off of that. I like making each cake pretty personal for who’s eating it.”

When she’s not baking cakes, Park is working on expanding the Nünchi brand, launching her own home goods collection and merch in the next month or so. She’ll be selling aprons, lazy susans and more. She’s also working hard to have her cakes available beyond the west coast, and hopes to be able to ship from New York in the near future. Her main mission? “I want to integrate fashion and food continuously.”

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Facebook ‘Drives’ lets users collect clothing, food, and other essentials for those in need

  • The feature creates a goal tracker others can see and contribute to
  • Drive appears in your Timeline and Newsfeed, as well as on Facebook’s Community Help hub 
  • On Giving Tuesday, Facebook will match eligible donations made on the platform, up to $7 million
  • The platform is also hosting a  Peace Through Music Facebook Live fundraiser

Facebook has launched a new feature to help users find the giving spirit during the holiday season.

Available in the US through Facebook’s Community Help hub, ‘Drives’ allows you to collect clothing, food and other necessities for those in need around your location. 

After you set a goal for how many items you’re collecting, a goal tracker indicates how far you still need to go.

Your Drive appears in your News Feed and Timeline, as well as in the main Community Help section. 

The feature debuted Monday and should be widely available in the coming days, Facebook said. 

All Drives are also set to be reviewed to make sure they don’t violate company policies.

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Available in the US through Facebook’s Community Help hub, ‘Drives’ allows users to start collecting clothing, food and other necessities for those in need

To start a Drive, type ‘Community Help’ in the Facebook Search tab and go to the main Community Help page. From there Click ‘Offer Help’ and then ‘Create Drive.’  

In a blog post on Monday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said users have already raised more than $100 million for COVID-19 causes on Facebook and Instagram and $65 million for racial justice causes.

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‘One hundred percent of what’s raised for nonprofits on Facebook and Instagram goes directly to the organizations,’ she wrote, ‘and all donations are securely processed by Facebook Pay, making it seamless to donate in just a few taps.’

Sandberg also promoted Peace Through Music: A Global Event for Social Justice, a star-studded Facebook Live fundraiser at noon ET on Giving Tuesday, December 1, featuring Aloe Blacc, Billie Eilish, Becky G, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr, Skip Marley, and others.

Drives debuted Monday and should be widely available in the coming days, Facebook said. All Drives will be reviewed to make sure they don’t violate company policies
On Giving Tuesday, December 1, Facebook will match eligible donations to U.S. nonprofits made on the platform, up to $7 million

Proceeds will benefit the Playing for Change Foundation, the United Nations Population Fund, Sankofa, Silkroad and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.

All day, Facebook will match eligible donations to U.S. nonprofits made on the platform, up to $7 million.

Earlier this month the social media giant announced several new tools intended to promote giving, including fundraiser stickers in Facebook Stories and a ‘Donate’ button on Instagram that enables nonprofits with business accounts to raise money directly.

Starting today, Instagram users can fundraise with stickers on Stories and on Instagram Live.

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Facebook launches ‘Drives,’ a U.S.-only feature for collecting food, clothing and other necessities for people in need

Facebook today is introducing a new feature that will allow users in the U.S. to collect food, clothing, and other necessities for people in need. The feature, called “Drives,” is being made available through Facebook’s existing Community Help hub, which is the place where Facebook centralizes requests and offers for help within a local community.

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The Community Help hub was first launched in 2017 as a way for Facebook users to centralize their resources in the wake of a crisis, like a man-made, accidental or natural disaster, ranging from weather events to terrorist attacks, and more. In 2020, however, the feature has been put to broader use as a part of Facebook’s COVID-19 efforts, which even saw a version of Community Help feature scaled globally to help those impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Now, with the economic crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., millions are out of work and 12 million may lose their unemployment benefits in December when CARES Act provisions lapse. Food insecurity and an inability to pay bills, including rent and mortgage payments, as well as manage other household expenses, are impacting millions as well.

With Drives, Facebook will allow users to create and share their own efforts in collecting items for those in need, like a Canned Food Drive that’s looking to gather items for local shelters, a Clothing Drive, or any other event where someone is working to collect items to help others.



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To create a Drive, type “Community Help” into Facebook Search to find the shortcut that takes you to the Community Help hub. From there, click the “Request or Offer Help” button, and on the bottom sheet that appears, click “Create Drive.” You can then fill out the form, setting a goal for the number of items you want to collect. When you post the Drive, others will be able to see what’s still needed with this goal tracker. Once created, the Drive will appear in your News Feed and Timeline like a regular post, in addition to appearing in Community Help.

The feature is rolling out starting today, but it may not be widely available to all for “weeks,” Facebook says. That’s unfortunate, given that many people likely want to run holiday-related Drives within the hub to help get food for holiday meals or toys for families in need, for example.

Facebook notes that all posts in Community Help, including Drives, are reviewed to ensure they don’t violate Facebook’s Community Standards or its Community Help Product Policies. These policies prohibit insensitive and promotional content, spam, inauthentic posts, and posts from users under 18, among other things. If posts are found to be in violation, they’re taken down, the company says.

Drives is one of several efforts around holiday giving that Facebook announced today. The company also says it will match up to $7 million in eligible donations to U.S. nonprofits on GivingTuesday (Dec. 1), and is running its own fundraiser,

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