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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:34 PM

I volunteered at the food pantry last Saturday

This is a very active pantry located at a non-denominational church. I'm posting this just as anecdotal info. A person or family can be served once a month, although they can obtain bread every Saturday. The church has built a huge vegetable garden on the grounds.

Here's what went into the month's food box for a family of three. (Larger families were able to obtain more protein, peanut butter, meat.)

three cans of peaches
two cans cream of mushroom soup
two cans cream of tomato soup
two cans corn
1/2 gallon shelf stable 1% milk
1 can tuna
1 box dehydrated potato mix
two cans refried beans
three oranges
two pounds oatmeal, bulk
two pounds granola, bulk
one pound lentils, bulk
1 bag jalapeno potato chips
4 bottles perishable coconut water (2 days from outdate)
1 qt greek yogurt, container damaged
2 cans chopped tomatoes
1 can pasta sauce
1 pound elbow macaroni
1 pound ground turkey, frozen
bread (surplus of breads this week, the client could select as much as desired)

Here's what the state food bank says about the cost of groceries they experienced this year:

The cost of a case of tuna jumped 28 percent this year.

Peanut butter went up 71 percent.

Agricultural commodities normally received through federal program dropped 60 percent this year.

Donations have dropped, requests for assistance are skyrocketing, food banks and pantries are not able to keep up with increasing demand.

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:36 PM

1. We diabetics are pleased to see carbs going to those who can use them. n/t

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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 03:36 PM

3. ??

How do you know that recipients of a food pantry aren't diabetics?

I'm a diabetic, and I can tell ya that there's very little on that list above that I would be able to eat.

There's no accommodation for diet restrictions or allergies.

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Response to grasswire (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:37 PM

5. I don't know anything about the medical circumstances of the food pantry recipients.

Fructose: three cans of peaches maybe worse if packed in 'syrup', three oranges
Lactose: 1/2 gallon shelf stable 1% milk

Largely carbs:
1 box dehydrated potato mix--probably very high glycemic index
two pounds oatmeal, bulk
two pounds granola, bulk--usually with sugar or honey
1 bag jalapeno potato chips--very high glycemic index
1 pound elbow macaroni--very high glycemic index
bread (surplus of breads this week, the client could select as much as desired)--especially if 'white' bread very high glycemic index.


Everyone needs to eat. Providing food is great.

As a diabetic I can't get near any of the above unless I want to jab insulin.

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:58 PM

2. I did this with my father a few times and it was humbling and eye opening.

The most striking thing for me was the sense of shame and embarrassment I picked up from so many of the clients.

Sounds like you had a great group of choices, though. The best were the "treats" - day old cakes from local bakeries, fresh produce that was right before it's term date. We even had some ice cream bars for the kids once.

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:59 PM

4. The store at which I work donates to several local pantries

One is a church group that picks up twice per week and another is a women's shelter that picks up once per week. I see the guys from the church group and we normally pack up 6 to 8 shopping carts full of bread and cakes, pies, etc. As I process damaged items for the store as part of my duties, I make sure they get all the items that I can give them, staying within the policies that have been set. I do what I can to get vendors to contribute, but many of them have restrictive policies that don't allow for that to happen (some have been burned in various ways through the years).

I gotta say that the two old men that show up twice a week in all sorts of weather just like clock work, to take food to those in need are true heroes, but there are no medals for that kind of work.

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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:05 PM

6. Holy Apostle Soup Kitchen is a great place in NYC to volunteer.

It is an episcopal church and when they are not doing services they turn the churc into a soup kitchen. I bet the Vatican would not like that, because they are "spending too much time on the poor".

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