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After Pam Koner read a newspaper article about the extreme poverty in Pembroke, Illinois, she contacted an outreach worker there with the simple idea of linking families who had “more” with families who had less. She was given the names of seventeen of the neediest Pembroke families, and she persuaded sixteen friends and neighbors to join her in sending monthly boxes of food (along with letters) to one family each. From there, Family-to-Family has grown into a national nonprofit.

Through Family-to-Family, you can sponsor a family in need with a monthly box of groceries. You can sponsor refugee families, Holocaust survivors, veterans and working poor families. Partner nonprofits find the families in need, and Family-to-Family matches them with donors. These programs request monthly donations from $11 to $55. In almost all the programs, you’re able to connect with the family via letters.

Family-to-Family also enables you to send a book a month to a low-income elementary school classroom to supplement its library. Family-to-Family fills an important gap in communities where there’s barely enough money to cover food, let alone books.

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