To learn about this project, click here. This post is organized this way – the grocery lists, information & facts on food insecurity, resources, and anonymous general information about the people who submitted the lists published. Looking for ways to help out? Check with you local school district or houses of worship to see if they sponsor backpack or grocery bag programs. Check online for organizations such as food pantries, food banks, and soup kitchens that collect food in your area. A list of such organization is being compiled below and will be added to each week.
Helpful Hints when Donating to a Food Program:
*Community Food drives are a great way to help. Youth organizations, companies, and houses of worship often sponsor them as a service event and also individuals and HOAs collect from neighbors to deliver to local food pantries and soup kitchens.
*Don’t forget the furry friends! Many food panty and food banks also accept pet food.
*If you garden at home or with a group, consider sharing some of your crops with the local food pantry or soup kitchen.
*Remember that hamburger helper does not help if there is no meat. When donating peanut butter, also consider crackers or bread to go with it.
*Consider donating some pantry staples such as cooking oil, which is needed for a great deal of food preparation, as well as items like sugar, flour, spices, coffee & tea.
*In addition to food, items such as personal grooming products are also needed as well as things like dishwashing detergent. Make sure to donate full size items unless there is a particular reason the organization is looking for “hotel” or “sample” size items. It you are not sure, it is always ok to ask exactly what is needed.
*Food Banks are able to buy in bulk for very good prices so donations of money are always very useful, maybe even more useful than actual food. However, Food Pantries benefit from both actual food items and money. The difference between Food Banks and Food Pantries are as follows: Food Banks feed lots of people from a wide area, either directly or by supplying to soup kitchens and other community food programs. Food Pantries are locally based and address individuals’ needs in the immediate surrounding community. They are often located in churches, or social service agencies as part of larger missions. It is a good idea to check with your local Food Bank/Pantry to see what is most useful to them.
*When donating to backpack programs, choose canned items with pop off or peel off lids in case the recipient does not have or cannot use a can opener.
*When donating macaroni & cheese try to get the kind that is premixed so that no additional ingredients like milk, which may not be available, are needed.
**Dialing 2-1-1 will connect a person with information on local services that provide assistance.
Info from this week’s shoppers:
One of the households this week consists of two adults and the other consists of two adults and a young child. Both contributors have radically changed the way they shopped during the pandemic, only going to the store once a week. One shopper has used curbside shopping often as well as delivery of certain items from places like Target. One of the participants has access to a military PX and stocks up on certain items when they go there, which is perhaps once a month. Both participants really enjoy cooking. Both participants have mentioned community food drives either sponsored by a neighborhood or service organization.