Day 700: 10 things food banks need besides food

foodbank3One thing that’s become a habit for me (a good one) since starting this blog is that almost every time I go grocery shopping, I get a couple of items for the food bank bin at the front of the store.

Not that I don’t contribute more at special times like the holidays, but just in case I forget or miss the deadline or keep procrastinating (who, me?),  it means I’m doing a little something to help out throughout the whole year.

I usually grab my stand-bys — peanut butter, soup, pasta, sauce — but when I volunteered at the actual food bank as part of a work activity, I noticed a lot of other things were being donated.

Things like:

foodbank21. Spices.
Spices can be expensive and I’m sorry but a world without garlic is  not a world I want to live in.
2. Feminine Products.
I’ve seen diapers being donated but why not pads, tampons, panty liners, etc.?
3. Toiletries.
Sort of goes along with #2 —  toilet paper, tooth paste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, etc.
4. Baby toiletries.
Sort of goes along with #3 & #4: Diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, baby shampoo, baby soap, baby food, bottles, etc.
5. Condiments.
It’s sad, but sometimes you may only have mustard inside your sandwich.
6. Socks.
Fresh socks are like a warm hug.
10. Cash.
One of the food bank staff told me that they rely on cash donations to cover food groups, and other needs, that aren’t supplied by donations.

Here’s a list of most-needed food items.

And if you can’t find the food bank bin at the front of your grocery store, just ask a cashier (I am not very observant so I often have to do that 🙂 ).

p.s. Song of the day… a truly Glorious one.


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