An update on our trip to the Food Bank....

United States
January 15, 2008 4:07pm CST
This was so worth the trip.I cant believe how much stuff they gave us. We received canned soups,canned veggies,pineapple,kidney beans and apple juice. We also got alot of staples rice,pasta,dry beans,jiffy baking mix.3 cans of beef stew,a huge can of ravioli.rice krispies,corn flakes and oatmeal. We also got a box of hamburger helper,jello,graham crackers,vanilla wafers,wheat thins,ritz crackers,three boxes of mac and cheese,a whole chicken,1lb turkey sausage,1 lb smoked sausage,2 shank steaks,and a bag of pizza rolls. They also gave us a huge bottle of Pantene shampoo,toilet paper and paper towel. I'm sure I have missed a few things. I am so grateful for this service it will really help us get through the month.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
15 Jan 08
Terrific! They never give that much at our food shelves. You're right, from that list, it was so worth the trip. The whole chicken and 2 shank steaks are especially amazing. With the cost of gas, I'm glad they made it worthwhile. I was kind of concerned that you migh be disappointed, but they really did right by you. Take care and I'm glad you have more food. That's very important to me. I really hate it when people go hungry, especially in this day and age. Take care
• United States
16 Jan 08
I was really surprised at the amount of food they gave us. They don't even ask your income just why you need help.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
17 Jan 08
I've never liked the income question. A person could have a middle class income, but hospital debt could be more than they made last year. Why you need could be touchy too. Lost a job, I wouldn't mind saying, but if there was a health problem that I didn't want people to know about (think how paranoid people get around AIDs patients), I don't know if I'd appreciate that unless they just let me say I had health problems.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
18 Feb 08
Thank you for best response, much appreciated.
@Darkwing (21588)
15 Jan 08
Wow, being in England, I haven't heard of the Food Bank service, but I would glean from your discussion that it is surplus food to help out those who are struggling financially. Would I be right in that assumption? Whatever... it sounds like a great idea and a real help to those needing it. Brightest Blessings.
@Winter08 (441)
• Canada
16 Feb 08
I'm not sure if the US food banks are the same as the Canadian ones, but it's not so much surplus foods as foods/sundries that are donated by stores, private citizens, etc. Where I live, the larger grocery chains have drop off bins where you can drop in whatever non-perishables you feel inclined to purchase. During special events, people are encouraged to bring canned goods to leave for the food bank. At Christmas, there is an organization that travels across Canada, making stops at different locations, putting on shows, and asking people to bring food to donate to the food banks in those towns. During the gardening season, the food banks ask people to plant one extra row of whatever they like with the intention of giving it to the food bank. I knew a woman who, even though she was on a very limited budget, purchased $20.00 of non-perishables for the food bank each time she went grocery shopping. She believed in helping those worse off than she was in this way.
@Darkwing (21588)
16 Feb 08
Awwwww... that was very sweet of that lady to help those more in need than herself, and I think the food bank idea is great. Now, I wonder if I could encourage that in this country? :)
@Yoshi_ (156)
• Australia
16 Jan 08
In Australia, there is no food bank thing like this. If you are povo you can go to St Vinnies and get a food hamper, they give you a heap of tinned stuff and things, enought to last a week or so, I haven't gotten to the point where I need to yet. Sad thing is I will in a week or so :(
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• United States
16 Jan 08
Some of our churches around here do that too. With the rising cost of fuel and energy alot more people are needing a helping hand.
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
15 Jan 08
Wow, you got quite a bit of stuff. It is great that you not only got food to help you out, but that you also got shampoo and toilet paper. Those are REALLY a necessity. I didn't realize they gave meat and things out too. That is great.
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• United States
15 Jan 08
I was really shocked at how much food they gave us.
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
15 Jan 08
I'm glad for you that you received the help that you needed to get you through the rest of the month. The cost of things these days is making it hard on everyone making ends meet. Glad that there are resources for those that need the help.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
16 Jan 08
That is awesome that you did so well, and its good that you could use this service when you need it! some place's dont have the service available! We have one here and although i dont go anymore and haven't for some time, there was a time when we needed to go too, and i was VERY greatfull that there are people to help you out when you need help the most! I noticced when going though that there were quite a few people that went to the foodbank and REALLY didn't need to! I worked in a grocery store making min wage at the time and was the only one working, and i would SEE the other people in the store buying all this junk food, and then they would go to the food bank for their staples. That isn't right at all! The food bank is supposed to be there to help people that can't afford food not for people to take advantage of. Its too bad that some people dont know anybetter.
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• United States
16 Jan 08
I agree that alot of people abuse these programs. It's really to bad. We buy no junk food only pop corn the kind you pop in a popper not microwave. We have cut out all pop. I bake any cookies or treats we have. We spend between 35.00 and 50.00 dollars a week on groceries and that includes laundry supplies and all paper products and health and beauty aids.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
16 Jan 08
Sorry lightning i wasn't trying to imply that you were one of those people, and i i think its acceptable to buy a few treats for yourself! but these people would buy ALL junk and then get their staple food from the food bank. And then there were the few obese people that went there when i was going there.. how do you get obese eating at the foodbank? Does the foodbank just accept anyone?! lol
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
16 Jan 08
wow they really did give out alot and I am sure this will really help you make it thru the month but can you get it again if work dont pan out for you? hope so . Good luck and blessings to you and your family!
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• United States
16 Jan 08
I think you can go once a month. We will be okay when winter is over and we don't have such high gas bills. I was surprised at what a great program this was.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
16 Jan 08
thatr will be good . and I was too at the amount ya got have a great day!
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• United States
16 Jan 08
I used to go to the food bank many years ago.It was when they used to give out the big box of cheese.Everybody that went to the food bank at that time sure loved that big box of cheese.I don't think they give that out anymore.I remember being so happy to get the food.I had some tough times then,I don't go to the food bank anymore but I was grateful for the help when I needed it.
• United States
16 Jan 08
We used to get those commodities when my older kids were little. I used to make awesome macaroni and cheese from that big block of cheese. I loved getting the real butter also.
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• United States
16 Jan 08
Oh yes,the real butter.Thanks for reminding me.The cheese and the butter were the most special things they used to give out.
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@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
16 Jan 08
glad that it worked out for you...will you return next month? hope everything works out for you!
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• United States
16 Jan 08
Thank-you, if we need the help next month we will return. If things are going better I will not so that someone else who needs it more can have the help.
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@kylanie (1205)
• United States
16 Jan 08
You are doing good to get that much food also I think it depends on how many people you have in youre family over here in ky they also give us toothpaste and toothbrushes they have several different ones around here to choose from.
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• United States
16 Jan 08
I was really surprised to get the shampoo and paper products. It sure was a blessing though.
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• United States
7 Apr 08
I know this is a some old discussion, but with all the stuff I see go on at the food bank I volunteer at I feel almost obligated to reply. It's good to see that someone can use the food they are given, I have volunteered at the same food bank since I was in the 6th grade. Over the years I have seen many people abuse the system. they come in needing food and other things, but then when they go to leave, they are either not happy with it or they are driving off in a new vehicle.