How can we fill the food bank when we cant fill our pantrys?

United States
October 28, 2008 12:13pm CST
In our area the local food banks are running on empty. They contacted the local boy scouts to do a food drive and see if they can get some food in there but they are still not sure how to feed the needy. My family has always had emergency food set aside that we will donate from but I am lucky to have that. If we didnt have that then we would barely be getting by, let alone have enough to give. How can we help feed the needy in times like this?
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@cripfemme (7714)
• United States
29 Oct 08
I think it's a matter of sacrifice. I don't have much money either as you all know, but I always find a one to donate to either the human or pet food drives outside my local grocery store. If I'm really strapped for cash; I'll put back candy or treats to do the right thing (feeding poor people real food is more important than satisfying my sweet tooth).
• United States
30 Oct 08
That's really admirable that you do that. You're a very generous person. Too bad more people don't think like you do.
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@beaniecat (329)
• United States
30 Oct 08
We seem to be getting to the point that there are much more "have nots" than "those that have" in the country. You do have to take care of your own household first before you can help others. I get a lot of freebies using coupons, sales etc. I saved them up and took a big back of items to the local family violence center. But now, things are much tighter for my parents, my neighbors and my brother and sister's familes, so I distribute the freebies that I collect amont them and there isn't much left over now to put together anything to take to the charity organizations. Still, as we get closer to the holidays. I want to try to put together another bag of items to take to the local family violence center. This is when it matters most to give..when it's the hardest.
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• United States
30 Oct 08
You might wanna consider asking the Salvation Army what you can do to help out for Christmas too. Or you could just donate when they ring bells this year. I've been volunteering for the S.A. for three years now, I ring bells for the kettle. Last year, when my family had hit particularly hard times, the meal allowance they give ringers (they give you money to feed you for every day you work that week)...my meal allowance I saved instead of spent and used it to buy my family a christmas dinner -- knowing otherwise we wouldn't be able to afford a christmas at all. I don't know how many ringers do this...but the Salvation Army's pretty cool. I'm not sure how good the donations will be this year, considering the rough times we have. I'm HOPING a few of the richer people in the area will continue donating like they did last year...but I don't know. You're exactly right though, this is the time that it matters most to give and be kind.
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• United States
6 Nov 08
I agree, take care of yours first. If my family is in need they will have what I have no matter what. But as I look into my full pantry I know I can give more then I have done. That is such a great comment. It matters most to five when it is the hardest. Could not have said it better.
• United States
6 Nov 08
I have to admit, I am very impressed about the time that the salvation army volunteers put in. Especially when it gets cold and people get grumpy as they pass the ringers. You have my admiration. This post gave me a new burst of energy to look for bargains to put together a box of food and items to give to the local charities. Dillons has a great mix and match sale going on and I'm sitting here going through all the coupons tonight planning a trip tomorrow to go hunting and gathering deals!
@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
29 Oct 08
Well, we have a decent pantry that we managed to build up over this summer (friends of the family always give us stuff they can't use)...so if there's a food drive, we pick stuff that we don't really like eating as well as some cans of food from where it's most plentiful and put it in a box. It's not usually that much, but it's something. We're fortunate to have friends. Sometimes we even get free food from local freecycle groups along with stuff we call to go get. So we always set that aside as well. In times like these, you just do what you can, help who you can. We're all lucky to have what we do, at this point. We just gotta do our best.
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• United States
30 Oct 08
My chiropractor used to do a food drive twice a year. If you brought in five items to donate to the food pantry then you could get a free adjustment on that day. I noticed that he hasn't done it this year. Things must be tight that they can't donate a day to do that anymore. He also used to do a drive for school supplies. But he didn't do that this year either. It's too bad because I thought it was a good thing for the community.
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• United States
30 Oct 08
Probably they don't have enough for gas costs, that's been the most common problem for charities this year that I've heard. So, I figure, we need people who'll bike or walk and collect and give food. Volunteers. There's carts you can hook up to bikes now...and it'd be harder to do in the winter (when it's especially needed)...but...you either adapt or you give up, at this point. And I don't like talk of giving up.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
29 Oct 08
I think there are alot of us in the same situation. There are also more going to food banks. I am not sure what we are all going to do.
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• United States
30 Oct 08
How about if we all just skip Halloween this year? We could take the money we all spend on candy and donate food to the food banks instead. Can you imagine what a difference that would make?
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• United States
6 Nov 08
I think for my family we are just taking one day at a time. I have donated a few cans here and there. On this saturday our local boy scout troops will be gathering up food and so all this week I have been going through my pantry. I dont have a lot of food to spare but I have enough it will make a difference to a few people.
• United States
30 Oct 08
I have no idea. I've been worried about our pantry too. It's enough to try to keep the bills current & then thinking about keeping our fridge filled makes me bout want to cry myself. Shoot I"m dreading adding the heating bill on top of what's already piling up. If day care wasn't so expensive I'd be working full time again and we'd be ok, but that's a few yrs out yet.
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• United States
6 Nov 08
I have been a stay at home mom for a while now and I am not ready to go back but at least we have the potion if I need it. We have been lucky so far. I have only worked one year out of the last 9 and that was enough for us. It is hard to ballance family and finances. We are thankful for what we have and try not to take it for granted.
@peavey (16845)
• United States
30 Oct 08
I know it's harder to give when things are tight. We've had a few really good sales here, though, so I've bought extra for canned food drives, etc. Big Lots has cranberry sauce for 33 cents a can. Since I usually use two cans at about 80 cents each, I bought two extra and it didn't cost me as much as I usually spend. Also, donating cash to food banks will sometimes help them better than donating food, because they can buy at wholesale or discounted rates. Even a dollar now and then will help.
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• United States
6 Nov 08
That is what we have been doing to. When it is on sale we buy more then we usualy do then when the drives come around I take what I can and bag it up. It all helps.
@bmorehouse1 (1029)
• United States
28 Oct 08
Our local food banks are running low as well. We take donations of needed items at our church. I will admit I can't always afford to do so, but if I can spare even one can of food, I know that will help. Times are tough for many right now, so I'm sure whatever anyone can spare would be greatly appreciated. If you think about it, one donated can of food per household adds up to a lot if many people do it. Best wishes!
• United States
30 Oct 08
Plus, I think if I were hungry then one can would make a difference to me and my family. Not enough to feed us but I could feed us all once and get by for a bit. I cant imagine how hard it would be to see my kids go with out food and know that there was little I could do about it. I will dontate what I can. I know my family can spare a meal if we had to.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
28 Oct 08
Fortunately our pantry was over stocked when prices on food started to go up. I am really bad about that. Canned goods, dried beans, peanut butter, and cereal galore. I still have a decent amount in there. I should probably donate some of the cereal to the food pantry while it is still fresh. I am sure that it is really hard for people. Especially people who did not have that extra supply of food to begin with.
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• United States
28 Oct 08
It is our extra supply of food that is keeping us going this year. I have a large supply compared to most people and I know I could get by for an easy six months if we had to. I can spare some of that for thoes who cant get by tomorrow.
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• United States
28 Oct 08
I know what you mean. How can everyone do there part and help out the needy when everyone lately don't have as much as they did a year ago.I guess if anyone can even spare one or two can's of food this year it will help. I know during the Thanksgiving season at the store's they lower there prices on can pumpkin and other can goods. I guess it's best to pick up a extra can or two to donate if people can afford that this year. I know I could spare a few dollars on can goods to donate.Things are tough all over now and they need to solicit donations from rich people who have more money to donate this year.Not us poor peeps!
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• United States
28 Oct 08
I know I dont have a lot but I always have enough to give a little bit. This year will be harder but we will still do it. I feel like we need to because Im sure there are many who will not be donating this year or even the many more that will be in need this year.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
1 Nov 08
everybody is having a rough time i think all except for rich folks. i'm sure not buying as many groceries as i normally do. i don't know how you'd doboth. i do feel like some of the people going to the food banks could probably get out & go to work. there are too many taking advantage of frrebies now adays. have u been behind somone at the grocery store that have a basket full , years younger than i am anyway & they pull out their food stamp card. it gripes the devil out of me. if the goverment would tighten down on some of that stuff, able-bodied people would have to get out & go to work like i did for 47 years. would probably still be working if my health had not got too bad for me to work.
• United States
6 Nov 08
I try not to judge those around me. I have been in the store when the people around me have used food stamps to pay, but I really dont know what is going on in their life. They might need it. The system is flawed. I know as a stay at home mom, things for us have been tight in the past. We have never gone hungary at least not due to no food in the house. In the past we made less then what qualifies for food stamps and government help, but we have always made good on our own. I know we made it, and we had room to spare, but I dont know everyones stories. We have been very blessed in our lives, some people have not been so lucky.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
6 Nov 08
that is a g0od way to be. when u live in a small town like i do & know so many people u can't help but know that some of them are working the system to the fullest. i don't believe in that. if you are able to work get out &work!!
@Marie5656 (336)
• United States
1 Nov 08
What I will do sometimes is take advantage of the buy one get one free sales at the grocery store. Keep one for us, put the other aside for the food bank. Our church collects food for the local food pantry. We can bring anything we want, but the church officially committed to donate 25 jars of mayonaise each month. Sometimes it is much easier when a group bands together to give.
• United States
1 Nov 08
I realized I did not add that the buy one get one thing for food pantry is on non perishable foods.
• United States
6 Nov 08
I stock up when a great sale comes by and I usualy donate from that. Our church donates a lot to but we dont have a set monthly donation. I think it would make a difference if the food banks knew that there would be stuff comming in. Our local food bank asked us to donate. I wonder how bad it got before I knew it was getting there.
• Lubbock, Texas
30 Oct 08
Times are getting harder and harder for everybody. Our local food bank has always had a large reserve and was always there with a million or so meals for global catastrophes such as tsunamis, earthquakes and hurricanes, but now they're having a hard time just helping the locals. My pocket book is screaming I'm pinching pennies so hard, but I have food. An extra bag of beans or rice or one can of canned goods doesn't sound like much, but multiply that by the community that can give just that little bit and it's amazing how far it will go. Yes I can eat one more meal a week without meat and/or fresh veggies to give to someone who has nothing. Granted many of those who ask for help at the food banks are working the system, but I can't quit giving because of them. There are too many who are truly needy.
• United States
6 Nov 08
I have thought about having my family go with out a meal this next week and we could donate what we might have used to the food bank. It might teach us all a good lesson. I figure to really learn a lesson we would need to go a day or more. ( I have young kids so a day is a long time for us. )
• Malaysia
6 Nov 08
Up to this point in my life, I have lived in poor condition but we are never out of food supply. We still have some food with us every day and it is a gratitude to God. Now our life is getting better but I still maintain the old lifestyle because I don't like spending on unnecessary things. We put aside as much as we can for rainy days and the food supply helps us a lot. Here in my country we don't have food banks. Actually I have never heard of a food bank before. If there is a food bank in my country I think I can contribute something to it. I am not able to give too much, but at least I will give something. It is better to give something little, because a little is better than nothing. For example I will donate a can of sardine each month. Even though it is just a small contribution, at least 2 or 3 people can get the benefit from it. I think if everybody has the mentality to share the least, we can ensure a constant supply in the food bank.