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RainDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-08 06:32 PM
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20. And for the parents of students in college
I've worked in dorms for college students in which they HAVE TO buy meal plans for x amt. of dollars (and I got partially paid in "meal points" -for food I didn't want- for a portion of my time working there.) Anyway, the meal points at the big U where I was expire at the end of a year.

So we all went to the convenience stores on campus and bought canned goods and shaving cream and soap and anything else we could and donated those things to orgs in town. One here feeds and lets homeless ppl take showers, for instance, so disposable razors were good things too.

If you have a student in a similar situation, if they don't already, encourage them to spend the meal points that will expire on items to feed the hungry. This is probably more applicable for fall - and even then students can buy a canned good each week and create a donation box between a group of students.
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  -Serious post. If you have any extra money at all, please read. oktoberain  Jul-12-08 05:56 PM   #0 
  - Kick and recommend for your kind heart. nt  babylonsister   Jul-12-08 06:00 PM   #1 
  - A heartbreaking post. On my next trip to the store I will grab what  spenbax   Jul-12-08 06:02 PM   #2 
  - Thank you,  ThinkBlue1966   Jul-12-08 06:06 PM   #12 
  - Food Banks are a blessing.  madamesilverspurs   Jul-13-08 02:40 PM   #96 
  - Money is better  lastliberalintexas   Jul-13-08 09:17 PM   #108 
  - K&R!  flvegan   Jul-12-08 06:02 PM   #3 
  - I don't have two pennies to rub together  mdmc   Jul-12-08 06:03 PM   #4 
  - You brought me to tears.  Lisa0825   Jul-12-08 06:03 PM   #5 
  - Ohmygosh...  TwoSparkles   Jul-12-08 06:03 PM   #6 
  - K&R  MuseRider   Jul-12-08 06:03 PM   #7 
  - but..but..but...  oldtime dfl_er   Jul-12-08 06:03 PM   #8 
  - You're obviously  edwardlindy   Jul-12-08 06:03 PM   #9 
  - This is what I love about DU  formercia   Jul-12-08 06:05 PM   #10 
  - This is what makes us better than the Freepers.  oktoberain   Jul-12-08 06:51 PM   #26 
  - KnR for your GD thread too!  FarceOfNature   Jul-12-08 06:05 PM   #11 
  - one of us on DU -- a long-time fighter against the BFEE ---  grasswire   Jul-12-08 06:09 PM   #13 
  - Everyone should make a box...  bicentennial_baby   Jul-12-08 06:09 PM   #14 
  - Indeed,  oktoberain   Jul-12-08 06:22 PM   #17 
  - I've been there sister  bicentennial_baby   Jul-12-08 06:28 PM   #18 
     - This place is addictive.  oktoberain   Jul-12-08 06:31 PM   #19 
     - We've been there also... unemployment hit us in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  Radio_Lady   Jul-13-08 02:00 AM   #59 
  - The grocery store I shop at makes it so easy  dflprincess   Jul-12-08 10:47 PM   #51 
  - Great suggestion!  bliss_eternal   Jul-13-08 03:53 AM   #62 
  - That's what we do. Good idea.  knitter4democracy   Jul-13-08 10:47 AM   #79 
  - My Kroger has the boxes made up for you.  Midlodemocrat   Jul-13-08 12:35 PM   #88 
  - Please note the difference between "food bank" and "food pantry"  Baby Snooks   Jul-12-08 06:16 PM   #15 
  - true dat. and thanks for the clueing-in comment for those who didn't know!  mloutre   Jul-12-08 08:10 PM   #39 
  - I had no idea of that distinction - thank you  JoeIsOneOfUs   Jul-12-08 09:32 PM   #45 
  - Most Trader Joes donate to local food pantries on a daily basis.  unapatriciated   Jul-12-08 10:31 PM   #50 
  - Yet another reason to shop at Trader Joes! I love your store!  file83   Jul-13-08 11:47 AM   #85 
  - Thank You  NikolaC   Jul-13-08 09:12 AM   #69 
  - Maryland Food Bank contributions are NOT RESOLD to pantries  shireen   Jul-13-08 01:09 PM   #94 
  - Weigh a sack of groceries sometime....  Baby Snooks   Jul-13-08 05:18 PM   #103 
     - however, a food bank has the infrastructure to collect food on a larger scale  shireen   Jul-13-08 08:06 PM   #105 
  - Great advice - will do that instead of a check  flygal   Jul-14-08 07:07 AM   #112 
  - For my friends in San Francisco:  NYC_SKP   Jul-12-08 06:17 PM   #16 
  - And for the parents of students in college  RainDog   Jul-12-08 06:32 PM   #20 
  - As a college student, I agree,  oktoberain   Jul-12-08 06:38 PM   #24 
     - Oh PLEEEEZ octoberain  rucognizant   Jul-13-08 11:41 AM   #83 
  - What a wonderful post. I will be going to my local warehouse store tomorrow...  Bluebear   Jul-12-08 06:35 PM   #21 
  - I'm planning our Cub Scout Food Drive- My goal this year is 9000 cans  cpamomfromtexas   Jul-12-08 06:37 PM   #22 
  - So true! We are one among thousands loosing our home & moving on but we can still help some.  1776Forever   Jul-12-08 06:37 PM   #23 
  - Thank you.  oktoberain   Jul-12-08 06:45 PM   #25 
  - So sorry to hear that, and I hope you have somewhere to go......  1Hippiechick   Jul-13-08 05:25 PM   #104 
  - For those looking for somewhere to donate:  oktoberain   Jul-12-08 06:59 PM   #27 
  - Thank you  cally   Jul-12-08 07:01 PM   #28 
  - Volunteering your time is helpful as well  delaware97   Jul-12-08 07:09 PM   #29 
  - St. Vincent de Paul Society  Baby Snooks   Jul-13-08 12:38 AM   #56 
  - k&r  fight4my3sons   Jul-12-08 07:11 PM   #30 
  - If you have a few square feet of space and some sunlight & water & dirt  Voice for Peace   Jul-12-08 07:16 PM   #31 
  - That works if you own your property  truedelphi   Jul-12-08 08:54 PM   #43 
  - You can plant in a bin or a box, or build a simple frame. It's not hard.  Voice for Peace   Jul-12-08 11:18 PM   #53 
     - Like I said, they don't mean to be mean but they DO walk all over - right on top  truedelphi   Jul-13-08 12:40 PM   #90 
        - maybe you need a string fence around it then, so they can't step on it.  Voice for Peace   Jul-13-08 12:44 PM   #93 
  - You can also do guerrilla gardening by spreading seeds  Alameda   Jul-12-08 09:27 PM   #44 
  - I volunteer at a food bank and agree with the post. Also, what many don't understand  rhett o rick   Jul-12-08 07:17 PM   #32 
  - YES. I cannot stress this enough.  oktoberain   Jul-12-08 07:20 PM   #33 
  - Here's what we do  ThoughtCriminal   Jul-12-08 07:25 PM   #34 
  - That's good of you.  oktoberain   Jul-12-08 07:33 PM   #35 
  - no matter how much you have, or how little you have, you can do this thing.  mloutre   Jul-12-08 07:35 PM   #36 
  - At the food bank near us demand has risen 55% since the beginning of the year.  flamingyouth   Jul-12-08 07:53 PM   #37 
  - Brandy, I hope that everything you've tried to do for those who have less  JulieRB   Jul-12-08 07:56 PM   #38 
  - I do. Also feed or give money  emilyg   Jul-12-08 08:12 PM   #40 
  - For those looking for an address:  oktoberain   Jul-12-08 08:34 PM   #41 
  - I bought half a food share at my local CSA.  CrispyQGirl   Jul-12-08 08:40 PM   #42 
  - Feed the homeless every day and that is a commandment!  lonestarnot   Jul-12-08 09:33 PM   #46 
  - Every supermarket in America ought to have a "drop site"  annabanana   Jul-12-08 09:36 PM   #47 
  - bump  JoeIsOneOfUs   Jul-12-08 09:37 PM   #48 
  - bump again  oktoberain   Jul-12-08 09:43 PM   #49 
  - I will go tomorrow. Beautiful to see such dedication to a cause. May your compassion carry on.  OMomma   Jul-12-08 11:13 PM   #52 
  - Thank you for posting this!  TommyO   Jul-12-08 11:39 PM   #54 
  - This post is so heartbreaking  bertman   Jul-13-08 12:27 AM   #55 
  - so.ermail me if u need help  w8liftinglady   Jul-13-08 12:48 AM   #57 
  - kicked.  cliffordu   Jul-13-08 12:58 AM   #58 
  - Another help  Mojorabbit   Jul-13-08 02:24 AM   #60 
  - i'll pick up some extra items tomorrow when i go to the store  orleans   Jul-13-08 03:20 AM   #61 
  - I do have two pennies to rub together & I made a donation in your honor through an online gift eom  themartyred   Jul-13-08 04:11 AM   #63 
  - Also check out it's a group at  pokercat999   Jul-13-08 05:30 AM   #64 
  - actually, try (but thanks for bringing it to our attention anyway)  mloutre   Jul-13-08 09:55 AM   #73 
     - oops, thanks I'm not so good with these internets tubes  pokercat999   Jul-14-08 05:26 AM   #110 
  - You too can help - by encouraging different eating habits  bean fidhleir   Jul-13-08 06:17 AM   #65 
  - Not only that, but I'm fairly sure the lady is increasing her chances of getting a food-born illness  file83   Jul-13-08 11:51 AM   #86 
     - *VERY* well caught! A lot of the tinned stuff isn't even fit for CAT consumption, really  bean fidhleir   Jul-13-08 12:36 PM   #89 
  - Here's Something Horrifying  iamjoy   Jul-13-08 07:56 AM   #66 
  - K & R  MissDeeds   Jul-13-08 08:33 AM   #67 
  - K&R  NikolaC   Jul-13-08 09:06 AM   #68 
  - Another really useful way to help in this age of sky-high gas prices  mloutre   Jul-13-08 09:46 AM   #70 
  - Pet food pantries...  Baby Snooks   Jul-13-08 09:57 AM   #75 
  - K and R  OwnedByFerrets   Jul-13-08 09:48 AM   #71 
  - we're only two people, but we have a large garden- the excess goes to the food bank.  QuestionAll   Jul-13-08 09:52 AM   #72 
  - I can tell you that most of the competive grants in my area are going to immediate needs orgs like  ourbluenation   Jul-13-08 09:55 AM   #74 
  - You've really hit on something, Brandy  Iwillnevergiveup   Jul-13-08 10:23 AM   #76 
  - looked up info about that book - sounds fascinating  JoeIsOneOfUs   Jul-13-08 01:12 PM   #95 
  - Is it possible for you to set up a facility for debit card Visa payments?  KCabotDullesMarxIII   Jul-13-08 10:33 AM   #77 
  - Good reminder.  knitter4democracy   Jul-13-08 10:47 AM   #78 
  - Outstanding  Juan_de_la_Dem   Jul-13-08 10:56 AM   #80 
  - I'm already feeding the homeless every Saturday. Thru and Fri no one is feeding anyone here. Help!  L0oniX   Jul-13-08 11:23 AM   #81 
  - I doubled my contributions to a local food bank starting back in Feb of this year.  electron_blue   Jul-13-08 11:25 AM   #82 
  - K&R  file83   Jul-13-08 11:44 AM   #84 
  - It's not just money...if you grow food...  Spiffarino   Jul-13-08 11:53 AM   #87 
  - I did a little googling and found a great new charity I didn't know about in my hometown.  ThruTheLookingGlass   Jul-13-08 12:40 PM   #91 
  - thank you ...  shireen   Jul-13-08 12:43 PM   #92 
  - Yes, thanks for the info......  Bennyboy   Jul-13-08 03:08 PM   #97 
  - I'm moving in three weeks  Chovexani   Jul-13-08 03:12 PM   #98 
  - k&r  BlooInBloo   Jul-13-08 03:16 PM   #99 
  - Donate extra garden produce  Blue Gardener   Jul-13-08 03:44 PM   #100 
  - You're Wonderful.  DarthDem   Jul-13-08 05:03 PM   #101 
  - Thank you-great post  nam78_two   Jul-13-08 08:13 PM   #106 
  - Meals on Wheels is also a good place to donate time or money.  ncliberal   Jul-13-08 09:14 PM   #107 
  - excellent point-kick  nam78_two   Jul-13-08 09:21 PM   #109 
  - thank you  flygal   Jul-14-08 07:05 AM   #111 
  - I recently donated the Greater Chicago Food Depository and will do so again soon  NNN0LHI   Jul-14-08 07:15 AM   #113 
  - Central Texans - food bank links here >>>  Dover   Jul-14-08 07:44 AM   #114 
  - I plan to donate a lot of extra produce, when it ripens  EstimatedProphet   Jul-14-08 08:19 AM   #115 
  - Beautiful soul....  Dystopian   Jul-14-08 08:46 AM   #116 
  - First and last post  JustDonated   Jul-14-08 01:00 PM   #117 

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