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Unless you’re related to Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas is the season of giving.

This holiday season, local not-for-profit ‘Gift of Good Food’ is hoping to spread a little Christmas cheer with their goal of raising $80,000 to support 160 low income families in Victoria.

The donations will go towards filling hampers with fresh produce every other week for these families for an entire year.

Fresh groceries are critical for a healthy diet, especially for children, and every $500 donated will help the organization provide one family with fruits and vegetables for a full year.

“This has been a difficult year for our family, and the box has made the difference between us being able to eat healthy, and eating the cheapest dollar store groceries possible,” said one Gift of Good Food 2018 recipient in a media release.

Besides the tangible benefits that fresh produce can provide — like teaching kitchen and cooking skills — seasonal foods can also provide mental health benefits, the importance of which can be overlooked.

“Beyond having ingredients to make food for their children, recipients have the opportunity to share meals, to make their grandma’s recipes and to share cultural values,” says Gift of Good Food.

Drink to donate

Several businesses and organizations around the city are also supporting Gift of Good Food.

If you’re feeling thirsty, Hoyne Brewing Company is matching all donations made at their tasting room during December.

And if you’re feeling hungry, Discovery Coffee is donating $1 to the charity for each of their feature donuts that’s sold. This month, the coffee shop’s feature donut is a gingerbread almond old fashioned, and can be found at all of their locations!

Gift of Good Food is a local not-for-profit that partners with 16 other community centres to help identify families in need, and provide locations for people to pick up their fresh food hampers.

Their holiday fundraiser runs from November 13th to New Year’s Eve, December 31st.

Donations can be made through the Gift of Good Food website, and at the time of publication 278 supporters have made donations, and a total of $36,864 and 20275 pounds of produce have been raised for 73 families across the city.

You can also find information on the 17 pick-up location, hours, and their delivery service here.