While, of course, many people are not in the fortunate position to donate money during the ongoing pandemic, some are receiving their stimulus checks and looking for a verified nonprofit to support. There are plenty in the Boston area, and we’ve rounded up a few that are legitimate, support your local area, and will make sure the donations go far.

The Greater Boston Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England, and one of the biggest food banks in the country. They have organized multiple initiatives to get food and resources to people in need. They are currently looking for volunteers, donations, and people to organize fundraising.

Other food relief organizations include Project Bread, who is looking for donations to fund its “rapid response” efforts, and the YMCA of Greater Boston, who is offering meals and services to Boston school children.

If you live in the city of Cambridge, the local government and Food for Free organizations are partnered together to distribute free food to children in need at local schools, and Penguin Pizza, along with other Boston restaurants, has created Feeding the Frontline, an organization looking for donations which they can redistribute to people in need, including healthcare workers and first responders.

For an even bigger list of charities and nonprofit organizations, The Boston Globe has published an extensive list here. In the meantime, stay safe, healthy, and at home.

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