If you guys can donate a little extra food, this time of year is often really tight for food pantries. A lot of people donate food around the holidays, and not much at the beginning of the year, but people need food all year long.
My church has started having more of the canned good collections, more than just twice a year. It's a way people can help, even those who don't have much spending money. If everyone brought one or two cans in a big church, that would be 1500-2000 cans a week, at my church. It's a couple of bucks more each trip to the grocery store. If 3 or 4 churches go together on a food drive, they could feed a whole neighborhood that week. We give our food to Gleaners/Second Harvest, which also works with the grocery stores and bakeries to give out day-old bread.
Also, in Detroit the last few years, there is an effort to get the poor to band together and plant neighborhood vegetable gardens, either in a park or on vacant lots. There's been some limited success in that area, but it could take off as people get more desperate. Seeds are cheap, and vegetables can be canned, for winter eating.
Even in the rural areas. We lived on a farm when I was a kid and when my father left - we we're beyond broke - my mother didn't drive - and we lived a full mile from our nearest neighbors. Even so - people were there to help.
PLUS in the rural areas there is the NATURAL food supply available from rodents to deer.
Why not put two and two together here. Dumpster dive the grocery store... give the food to charity. Or the charities should work directly with the stores who throw out stuff because of cosmetic issues with some of the packaging.
The brains who figured that one out must have been Progressives.They will give to some organized outfits but not to the destitute individual who asks.Some markets have in the past spread poison over the food in the dumpsters to dissuade people picking the garbage.They,the store owners,said it was because of the rodents !
Last edited by megimoo; 02-02-2009 at 03:01 PM.
You should have stayed and watched your dumpster diver. I guarantee that he still ate out of the dumpster and spent the money on booze or drugs.
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