Monday, June 20, 2005

"Go In Peace; Feed the Hungry"

I stopped into our local food bank today.

Every month I bring over a grocery bag of food -- usually boxes of cereal, since the manager told me that's what families ask for a lot. I wait until one of the local supermarkets has a decent sale on healthy, not-too-sugary cereal, then pick up a few boxes while I'm shopping. I know it's not a particularly efficient way to donate, but it's meaningful to me to shop for the items myself, instead of just sending money. And it seems that I spend so much time procuring food for my little, most decidedly non-hungry's not going to kill me to spend five extra minutes picking up a few more groceries for someone else who really needs them.

I'm sharing this not to toot my own horn -- usually I like to keep this small personal project under the radar, including my own, as much as possible -- but because I just found out that summertime is really rough for agencies fighting hunger on the local level. Kids who've been in school for most of the year, taking advantage of breakfast and lunch programs there, are at home now, making it hard for families on the edge to keep them fed. And the public tends to concentrate its giving around the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, leaving a gap in the summer months.

So if you've been meaning to clean out your pantry, or you've decided to turn in your empties, or the penny jar is overflowing and you need to clean it's a good time to do a good turn for your local food bank.


Charlotte said...

Preach it, sister!

For those who don't wish to shop sales, most places that feed the hungry would appreciate a nice slim check or online donation.

LutheranChik said...

And...just to spur some of you on...I understand that, because of "liability issues," Walmart/Sam's Club is no longer going to be donating its past-sell-by-date bread to food banks. That's according to our local CBS affiliate.

Tom in Ontario said...

Last spring we roto-tilled part of the church's back lawn and planted tomatoes and cucumbers. This year it's tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, peas, beans, and radishes. We take the fresh produce to the food bank to be distributed.

One radio gardening show host suggested "if you normally plant 4 tomato plants (or whatever plants, or rows of whatever) then plant 8 and give the extra to the food bank"

I understand you do some gardening. If you harvest more than you can use now you know what to do with the rest.