People who are looking for a way to maximize their charity giving this holiday season can double their donations to a local food pantry on Tuesday.

A Touch of the Father’s Love Ministry and Food Pantry has been approved through Facebook to offer an online Giving Tuesday campaign in which Facebook will match up to $100,000 in donations that day. People can donate to the cause by clicking on the donate button on the Facebook page of A Touch of the Father’s Love Ministry and Food Pantry or by going to https://bit.ly/2KZT4RT and using the donate button.

According to a 2016 report by Feeding America, more than 17,000 people in Nash County have food insecurity and about 4,700 of those are children under the age of 18.

“Statistics such as these are heart-wrenching, but the good news is there is an opportunity for A Touch of the Father’s Love to double its impact,” said April Baker, the founder and director of the ministry. “This year, we are proud to be kicking off our first Giving Tuesday campaign. Most folks have heard of Black Friday, Shop Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday; but not as many are familiar with the Giving Tuesday movement, a global Day of Generosity held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.”

The report also indicated there are roughly 2,200 senior citizens in the area living below the poverty level, according to a recent statement from A Touch of the Father’s Love.

“Many seniors living on a Social Security income of $700 a month are forced to decide whether they will eat, fill prescriptions or stay warm. Last year, we distributed over a million pounds of food to more than 80,000 individuals and close to 28,000 households,” Baker said in a statement.

A Touch of the Father’s Love Ministry and Food Pantry is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all contributions go directly into feeding the less fortunate. No one gets paid as the organization operates entirely with volunteers and donations, Baker said.

“We need to raise additional funds to continue our services to the local community for years to come,” Baker said. “We want to be able to help meet the needs of people in the community for a long time. These donations can help make that happen.”

The organization, which is located at 516 E. Nash St. in Spring Hope, distributes food to people who need it from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays. Anyone interested in donating time or resources or in receiving help should call 252-343-3362.