Shortages for next week’s distribution: (1) dry, unsweetened cereal (estimated 198 boxes short), (2) pasta (estimated 109 boxes short), (3) “meals in a can” (stew, canned pasta, chili, etc. – estimated 50 cans short), and (4) dry rice/beans (estimated 10 pounds short). Additional shortage for the 30 January distribution: all of the above plus (5) canned soup (we have halved distribution due to insufficient supply since late December), (6) canned beans (black/kidney/red/etc.), (7) pasta sauce, (8) canned fruit, and (9) mac & cheese. There are sufficient canned vegetables and canned tuna/meat/fish for four and five weeks, respectively
We also need: diapers sizes 2, 4, and 5. Also needed Ensure for adults, and adult unisex pull-ups sizes small, medium and large.
Plastic newspaper bags and plastic grocery bags are always needed.
Over the week ending with the 16 January distribution, we received approximately 2.36 tons of non-perishable food, and gave out some 2.57 tons of non-perishable food and somewhat less perishable food to 264 families.
Last week was the fifth time in six weeks, we received less donated food than we gave out, again dropping food reserves further to the lowest level since last August, with average client numbers for the time of year the second-highest in our records. Many thanks to everyone who can help us help those in need!