Get Down with OPP (Other People’s Pantries)

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Yes, I just dated myself….I don’t care.  :p

Pantries are not just for the individual.  I think a community pantry is essential for the health of the folks who live around us.  You never know who is using the pantry.  Sure, there are some folks who have learned to use it like a regular grocery store, but generally speaking, that’s not the trend of people who use community pantries.  Many people who use it are doing so because of a temporary disaster, financially speaking — or sometimes environmentally speaking.  For example, last winter we had a huge snow that knocked out power for some folks — to the food pantry some of them had to go, when all the food was spoiled and the paycheck was a week away.

They call them food banks for a reason.  😉

You make deposits just in case one day you need to take that “money” out.  You “loan funds” to the rest of your community so that they can continue to grow in a healthy way.  I try to put a bit of money aside each month for a food bank in my community.  It’s just something that is important to me.  I focus on foods that I think most people would like and would give them the biggest nutritional bang for their buck, so things like peanut butter, cereal, pasta and sauce, etc.  Sometimes I try to put together a complete, if simple, meal. I rarely spend more than about $10 or $15 a pop, and I don’t do this more than once every four weeks or so.  Incidentally, sometimes I also do this with pet food, old towels, and kitty litter to my favorite cat rescue group.

I will save up about three months of such purchases so that the donation looks bigger, lol.  And then I’ll turn it in.  Hey, every little bit helps.

Get down with OPP!

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2 responses »

  1. Yeah, I like to donate canned and dried goods to drives for our local food banks.

    What do you think about donating leftover Hallowe’en candy? Personally, I’m not very comfortable with it: feel as you do, that I’d like to give the biggest nutritional bang possible for the donated buck. But some argue that poor kids don’t get candy often and so they should have access to treats.

    Hm. My sense is that poor kids tend to get altogether too much junk food, since that’s what’s available in the food deserts around their homes. But maybe I’m too curmudgeonly…

  2. I’ve heard varying comments about donating Halloween candy, Funny; you’ve pretty much covered them all. I personally don’t do it. I just give out excess candy in class. I figure junk food is junk food.

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