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Thu Feb 4, 2016, 10:01 AM

 

Please don't forget your local foodbank, homeless shelters, and soup kitchens

Foodbanks get most of their donations and attention in the months of Nov and Dec and the least in Jan and Feb. I know we have lots to think about and campaigns to support but please don't forget the homeless and those that rely on foodbanks.

You don't have to give a lot to make an impact.

Please donít throw away canned food if the pull date has passed. Most canned food remains safe after the pull date. Dented cans are not unsafe. Bulging cans are probably unsafe. If you are in doubt, give them to your foodbank and let them decide. They know best.

I buy up canned foods on sale and keep a supply for emergencies. When they get close to the pull date I donate them and replace them on the shelf.

It always feels good to donate food but donating money is more effective. Foodbanks have access to much better buys on foods than the average consumer. Cash also gives the foodbank the flexibility to buy what they need most.

Some foodbanks need clean glass jars with labels removed for repackaging. They often need boxes, paper sacks and plastic bags. Check with your local foodbank and see what they need. You may be throwing away things they can use.

Donít forget to volunteer. Even a few hours a week will help.

Some people justify not donating by rationalizing that foodbanks pay their staffs too much. The one I am familiar with is large and has four part time employees earning competitive wages. 75% of the work is done by volunteers. If you have doubts, visit your local foodbank, or better yet join the Board of Directors.

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Reply Please don't forget your local foodbank, homeless shelters, and soup kitchens (Original post)
rhett o rick Feb 2016 OP
daleanime Feb 2016 #1
rhett o rick Feb 2016 #2
CTyankee Feb 2016 #3
rhett o rick Feb 2016 #4
In_The_Wind Feb 2016 #5
MH1 Feb 2016 #6
gratuitous Feb 2016 #7
rhett o rick Feb 2016 #8
gratuitous Feb 2016 #9
rhett o rick Feb 2016 #10

Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Thu Feb 4, 2016, 10:15 AM

1. Please and thank you....

as some one who visits one on a monthly basis, I can't begin to describe how much of a god sent they are.

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Response to daleanime (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 4, 2016, 10:22 AM

2. Thank you for the response. Will you share your experiences? For example what do

 

you appreciate finding there and what would you like to see but don't?

I find that people, along with the food, like shampoo, razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste, etc.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 4, 2016, 10:42 AM

3. our Fire Dept. does a food drive once a year and I get a bag ready...I think I'll do the

the personal care items this year...in addition to your list, I would add tampons and pads which are so necessary but also tend to be so expensive...

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 4, 2016, 11:06 AM

4. Great idea. Personal products are always needed and not often available at foodbanks. nm

 

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2016, 07:18 PM

5. K & R

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2016, 10:47 PM

6. K&R and thank you for this important post. nt.

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2016, 11:28 PM

7. Our church's annual Souper Bowl party

We put together soup packets for the local food bank/distribution center. More than three-quarters of a ton of beans, split peas and barley. We're hoping to make 1,700 packets this Sunday. Come on over!

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 10, 2016, 06:07 PM

8. Much needed at this time of year. nm

 

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 10, 2016, 06:23 PM

9. Exceeded our goal

Something like 1,960 soup packets off to the local agency for distribution. If my pree-cise calculations are correct, that means an average of 21 people will enjoy a bowl of hot soup today, tomorrow and every day until the next Super Bowl Sunday.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 10, 2016, 06:24 PM

10. Great idea. nm

 

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