Monday, December 3, 2012
Local Food Pantry Supply Low
Food pantries in our area are in need of donations. I recently put together an e-mail, encouraging my farmgirl friends to donate this season.
The sad part is, that most of America today, is suffering with their own income. Most people are already barely making ends meet with raising kids, school costs, let alone put food on the table (healthy food at that).
I was able to collect $25.00 from all the letters (and phone calls) I mailed out, and it came from a food manufacturer in Michigan. Then I remembered that my husband's employer will donate $300.00 to a charity of our request, however we needed the correct information in a short amount of time. With luck, we were able to have his employer donate $300.00 in his behalf, to an are food bank.
I also offered to write up a flyer to present recipes for homemade detergent, which is another item visitors of the food pantry need. I was told that people would not pick it up nor be interested in it.
I am actually considering holding free classes (or by donation) to any family in a financial bind, on how to make healthy meals on a budget (dried beans, fresh veggies and fruits included), and how to make homemade cleaners. I think people just get absorbed into the convenience of quick and easy, and think "homemade" is too time consuming. I think people might even be a little scared to try homemade anything, when they are desperately trying to feed themselves, and their families.
Tidbit: A recent newspaper article stated that food pantries, in our state, are being used more often, than when they were throughout the recession.