Today, we filled a bag with pasta, buttermilk pancake mix, and popcorn seeds - and took it to a local food bank. We also compiled a few things we are no longer using (an extra pillow, a skirt, a shirt, and some tupperware).
Community Resource and Food Pantry (here in Canyon Lake, TX) runs a thrift store onsite with the food bank so it was easy to donate both food and other items.
After being a police officer and prior to becoming a pastor, I worked in social services. There were a handful of times when I took someone to a food bank in order to get a food box. One of the things I will always remember is the lack of nutritious foods. There seemed to always be a lopsided amount of sugary food like cakes, donuts, and pies and a shortage on fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat. As such, we try to be intentional about the non-perishable foods we donate - rice, pasta, peanut butter, applesauce, etc.
Did you know you can also donate money to food banks as well as food? Often times they have matching donations and special purchasing privileges that allow them to buy more food for the dollar.
People (including us) often think of the food bank right around Christmas, but it's important to remember that hunger lingers all year long - in February, May, and September.
Do you know where the nearest food bank is in your community? Have you ever donated food there? What kind of foods do you give?
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