Shortages for next week’s distribution: (1) dry, unsweetened cereal (estimated 160 boxes short), (2) “meals in a can” (stew, canned pasta, chili, etc. – estimated 133 cans short), (3) pasta sauce (estimated 106 bottles/cans short), (4) pasta (estimated 101 boxes short), and (5) canned beans (black/kidney/red/etc – estimated 37 cans short). Additional shortage for the 16 January distribution: all of the above plus (6) dry rice/beans, and for the 23 January distribution all of the above plus (7) canned soup. There are sufficient canned vegetables and canned tuna/meat/ fish to cover through 23 January.
In addition, we need: Similac Blue and Similac Orange baby formula, and/or domestic or foreign equivalents/substitutes. We also need: diapers sizes 2, 4, and 5, and adult unisex Pullups sizes medium and large. Plastic newspaper bags and plastic grocery bags are always needed.
Over the week ending with the 26 December distribution, we received approximately one half ton of non-perishable food in donations, and gave out some 1.78 tons of non-perishable food and much more perishable food to 183 families.
Over the week ending with the 2 January distribution, we received approximately 2.5 tons of non-perishable food, and gave out some 2.25 tons of non-perishable food and substantially more perishable food to 231 families.
Last week, for the first time in four weeks, we received more donated food than we gave out. Still, food reserves for this time of year are the lowest of the last four years, while average client numbers are the third highest in our records. Many thanks to everyone who can help us help those in need!