That's a great idea! Everyone can use a can of tuna. It's pretty versatile.
It makes me sad to know that there are many low income people in my area that are malnourished. Rice and bread are the cheapest thing to buy around here and it shows. Diabetes and other diseases are common thing in the lives of my neighbors. The cost of living here is very high and good jobs are hard to come by.
I'm going to buy some canned meat and vegetables from Costco and drop them off at the food bank. Hopefully, this will become a regular practice for me. I'm also going to ask my supervisor about holding a food drive (with primal foods emphasized) at our office. Does anybody want to get in on the action?
Let's spread some primal goodness around!
Unfortunately, because the food bank only accepts "non perishable" items, that too often ends up being mac 'n cheese in a box. Balancing that out with some more meats and veggies is a good idea.
My wife and I got set up volunteering recently at a local food bank through our church. We spent the afternoon helping sort and fill bags and then hand them out.
I just tried not to look at what was in the bags.
"Canned food is a perversion,' Ignatius said. 'I suspect that it is ultimately very damaging to the soul."
- John Kennedy Toole (A Confederacy of Dunces)
frankly, of the sorts of things that end up in food banks, rice & beans would be pretty high on my 'least bad' list. compare it to mac & cheese in a box, and you have a clear winner.
Confession time - When I started paying attention to labels, my donations went up. It was a good way (less painful way maybe) to clean out my beautifully stocked pantry. Some of it I still kept, for emergencies. I figured beans would be better than nothing.
Anyways, sadly, I never thought about what I was doing. I probably was patting myself on the back and felt like some sort of saint.
65lbs gone and counting!!
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Most food banks are delighted if you give them any sort of protein--it's usually in very short supply because everyone gives them pasta all the time.
“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde
See if the Gleaning Network is active in your area: SoSA | Gleaning Network Volunteers pick leftover food from farmer's field to go to local food banks and charity organizations. It gets fresh vegetables to people in need of food aid! I most recently helped prepare for distribution 40,000 lbs of sweet potatoes--they got a very large donation.
age 56, type 2 diabetes, swimmer
low carb since 2006 thanks to Jenny, primal since Jan. 2012
Whenever we have a food drive at work, I stock them up on canned meats like tuna, sardines, chicken, ham. Canned chili. Peanut butter. The better Chunky soups like Sirloin Burger. I know some of it is processed food, but it's better than pasta and Tricuits. I usually splurge on a couple exotic fruit juices. I also throw in toothpaste and toothbrushes and deodorant and soap bars.
5'0" female, 45 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently 111.
There is a HUGE church nearby and I drove a friend there last night (her car is broken down) for their FREE farmers market that just opened up. They encourage all of their members to garden and bring in their extras 3 times a week and this year they started a huge garden on the church property to provide even more produce. They also seem to be supplied with some store bought produce and I noticed eggs there too. I didn't partake of anything as I just stocked up at the regular farmers market. If anyone reads this who is in the KC area and could use this resource or knows someone who does, please let me know and I will pass on more detailed information on. It is in Liberty, Mo.
I am perhaps overly sentimental but I actually teared up when I saw the amazing variety of garden fresh veggies and the volunteers who were out in the 100+ sun providing them for people in need.