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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 04:07 AM
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Food Bank Friday! December 5, 2008!
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 05:06 AM by ColbertWatcher
News
Many media outlets are reporting that many food banks across the country are running out of food.

Nearly 30 million people are receiving food stamps in the U.S. (Google news search)



Needs your immediate attention
Also, don't forget people at the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota. They're looking for winter coats and space heaters. Please help any way you can.



Some donation ideas
* donate money DUer peace13 reminds us that if a food bank accepts money, they can get food in bulk

* "adopt" a food bank item and replenish it whenever it runs low (posted by DUer girl gone mad)

* donate birthday or holiday "kits" (DUer Rabrrrrrr)

* support Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) http://www.chiron-communications.com/farms.html

* donate to Second Harvest http://www.feedingamerica.org/?show_nce=1

* Gleaning OurVotesCount-Ohio
reminds us that "(t)here are organizations that glean fields and deliver the foods to shelters and other charitable organizations that help the needy."

* Find and donate "free after rebate" items offered by many stores http://www.salescircular.com /

* Christmas Tip (adapted from a suggestion by DUer central scrutinizer's Thanksgiving Day tip: many grocery stores offer cheap frozen turkeys - as low as $.19 per pound - if you buy over a certain amount, often $75 or $100. I take advantage of this to get a big turkey for a really low price and donate it to the food bank.


Support your local cooperative extension service
* From the extension links in this section, donate all the items to complete one of the recipes (print out and donate copies of the recipe, too!)

* Donate recipe books (or other publications on nutrition) from your local cooperative extension service (Most states cooperative extensions services have all kinds of things available)

Also, after a quick google search for "cooperative extension service recipe," here are three of the top links:

* The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Recipe Central Basic Foods From Fridge, Freezer and Cupboard, including a single-page list of ingredients (pdf) for all the recipes on the UNL site

* Cornell University Cooperative Extension-New York City's complete (Nutirion and Health Program Recipe Collection) (pdf)

* University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture's Cooperative Extension Service Departments Family and Consumer Sciences Programming
Recipes recipes for people with diabetes

DUer 1776Forever posted a link for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in another thread.


More information about the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (Main website and Food, Nutrition and Health links)

The Cooperative Extension System is a nationwide, non-credit educational network. Each U.S. state and territory has a state office at its land-grant university and a network of local or regional offices. These offices are staffed by one or more experts who provide useful, practical, and research-based information to agricultural producers, small business owners, youth, consumers, and others in rural areas and communities of all sizes.

CSREES is the federal partner in the Cooperative Extension System. It provides federal funding to the system and, through program leadership, helps the system identify and address current issues and problems.



Food bank checklist
* Print out the flier below and make copies for your friends, family or co-workers to take with you when you go grocery shopping.

* surreptitiously leave copies at the grocery store!

(You don't have to pick up everything on the list, just remember to pick up something.)


* Please support candidates and policies that guarantee livable wages.

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BronxBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:51 AM
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1. Thanks for Posting
Made a large delivery to our local bank on Wednesday.

The place was running over. They need all the help they can get just to keep up.

If you can donate, please do.
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:05 AM
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4. Thank you for the kick. n/t
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lightningandsnow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 07:12 AM
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2. Awesome.
Thank you for posting.

I think I'm going to pick up some canned stuff at the grocery store today to donate.
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:05 AM
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5. You're welcome and thank you for the kick. n/t
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:18 AM
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3. And let me chime in as I always do - don't give food, give money. They can buy more than you can.
Food Banks can generally get food at about 7 or 8 pounds per dollar.

So, unless your local food bank is in need of specific food items that they can't buy on their own, please please please please give them money.

I know it isn't as much fun as showing up with a few bags of food, but whatever you spend on those few bags of food they could have turned into tens of bags of food.
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:06 AM
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6. Thank you for posting. n/t
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:31 AM
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7. K and R
thanks for the info.
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:42 AM
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13. I reposted it in GD (link inside) Please kick & rec the GD thread!
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:47 AM
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15. and again...
:D
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:35 AM
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8. Thanks for mentioning Pine Ridge
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 12:10 PM by lizziegrace
I worked with a different group there several years ago that helped provide school supplies, clothes and birthday and Christmas gifts to the children. They also had a mattress program - many people are sleeping on the floor in very cold, drafty "houses". Coats are always welcome. Also, I used to call the local grocery store and buy gift cards for the family I helped. They were strict about the funds only being used for food - no alcohol and no tobacco products.

If anyone is foolish enough to believe we don't have third world conditions in this country, direct them to Pine Ridge.

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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:41 AM
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11. You're welcome. n/t
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:38 AM
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9. K&R for the list at the bottom
because people are always asking what to donate. The toiletries are especially important because poor folks can't use food stamps for them.
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:44 AM
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14. Thank you!
I reposted it in GD (http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph... ) Please kick & rec that thread instead!

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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:39 AM
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10. Sticky this in the "big" forums!
Please!
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:42 AM
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12. I reposted it in GD (link inside) Please kick & rec the GD thread!
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BronxBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 07:12 AM
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16. Kick n/t
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elshiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 07:19 PM
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17. Kicking this, thank you, ColbertWatcher.
:hug:
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