June 11, 2010 10:45am CST
We just found out that on my son's mission trip in two weeks they will also be doing a food drive. They are going to Nashville, TN that was recently hit by flooding, so there is a great need for them to work but also a need for food at the community kitchen. But here is the thing, they are traveling by bus there and don't have much extra room to take a large amount of canned food. I went onto the community kitchen's website to see what was in greatest need and found out that $1.00 will feed 4 meals. So why am I trying to go shopping and send food when they can do so much more if I send them the same amount of money as I would have spent in the grocery store. I was completely unaware that they could do so much with so little. How about you? Knowing this information would you be more likely to send money or food? If sending food what would you purchase?
• United States
16 Jun 10
I too feel that it is much more benficial to send money and let them get what is necessary. And with the government grant programs that are available, the food bank can buy a canned vegetables for something like $.05/can where I would spend $.75/can. Our youth director has sent this information out and hopefully many of the families will see how much more they can do and it will be easier on the kids not having to lug that food everywhere. Also the tax implication are better for me as Second Harvest (the food bank they will give to) is a tax deductable charity.