Has anyone ever been to a food bank?

United States
January 7, 2008 12:56pm CST
I have an appointment On the 14th to pick up food. This is my first time ever using this service. We have never been this broke before. Anyone know what types of food they provide? Or how much food to expect? They do the distribution once a month. Just wondering if anyone else has ever been to one or are still using this service?
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
8 Jan 08
used to be called getting comodaties and ya got cheese powdered milk powdered eggs rice, some canned meat, and maybe some flour I forget and not sure if it was once a month or not my in laws used to get it as they were old back then now they are gone.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
11 Jan 08
sounds almost like the same thing with a different name. but If ya need it ya need it and dont hold back just cause its a food bank it must be there to help families in need ! hugs and blessings
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@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
7 Jan 08
i used the service in 2006 after i had separated from my hubby. i found the people quite nice and while i only used it for a short time, it was quite helpful. they offer stuff that is non perishable such as soups, pastas, that sort of stuff. the one that i went to gave out day old donuts, day old bread, fruit and veggies that couldnt be sold (still edible) and staples such as milk and cereal. good luck!
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• United States
7 Jan 08
Thanks for the info. Milk would be great,since it 4.00 a gallon here right now.I buy day old stuff all the time,it is so much cheaper than fresh and still very good.
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@lightningd (1041)
• United States
7 Jan 08
Although I have never used a food bank, I do know people that have, and most generally they will give you dry goods, like cereal, pasta, and canned goods, even sometimes frozen meat, or canned meat, often times, peanut butter and jelly. I think the amount you get really depends on the size of your family. Generally I think if you have kids, you will end up with alot more of staples that the kids would eat.
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• United States
7 Jan 08
Thanks for the info. Anything will help. We all love pasta so that would be great.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
14 Jan 08
Every area has different food banks. Ours has two programs. One is whatever people donate is what you get. So whatever people have thrown into the donation bin is available and the volunteers try to piece together 3 days worth of food. That's all people get under that program. The food is free. The second program is listed in the newspaper. This one says what will be available. You call and order your box of stuff. This is usually some meat, a couple to three kinds, some vegetables, some fruit, and sometimes even desert. Each month the food the box will provide will be listed in the paper you call, they order it for you, the date it arrives is also listed. Then you pick it up and pay $14.95 with cash or food stamps. Now there are about three places where the first program exists in our area. Some places you must provide proof of eligibility, others just an address so no one can get more than one three day bag of food per household. The second is only available in one place and it's a buying program where you are supposed to get double to triple the worth of food you pay for so it's supposed to be around 30 to 45 dollar value so your money will go farther.
• United States
15 Jan 08
That is a great way to stretch a food budget. Our food bank you can go once a month. I went for the first time ever yesterday. We received three boxes of staples and a bag with frozen food in it.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
15 Jan 08
Thank you. Glad you liked my response. Frozen food, wow, I don't think my family ever got that. Nice idea, though, can last longer.
@cripfemme (7713)
• United States
7 Feb 09
I haven't been in about 4 month since I got a job and they increased my food stamps. Which seems like an off thing to me, but I guess thry figure when you have a job you need to spend more money on things like work clothes. Before that I went to the food bank monthly. They really helped me.