Shortages in order of need: (1) canned soup, (2) pasta sauce, (3) pasta, (4) dry unsweetened cereal, (5) “meals in a can” (canned stew, canned pasta, chili, etc.), (6) canned beans, and (7) “addins” (including cookies, crackers, Pastaroni/Ricearoni, ramen, etc.). Also needed: baby formula equivalents/substitutes for Similac Blue and Similac Orange (Sensitive). (Note: the recall of specific Similac, Alimentum and EleCare products after infant illnesses and two deaths require substitutes.) In addition we need: diapers sizes 3, 5 and 6, and Pediasure, then Ensure and diapers for adults.

Plastic newspaper bags and plastic grocery bags are always needed. Paper grocery bags are also needed.

NOT needed at this time: canned vegetables other than canned corn – canned corn is popular but in short supply.

We received approximately 1.71 tons of non-perishable food over the week ending 28 February. With this and current reserves we expect to cover the 7 March distribution, with the above projected shortages for the 14 and 21 March distributions.

We gave out approximately 1.72 tons of non-perishable food, and rather more perishable food (bread and pastries, fresh vegetables and fruit, etc. – primarily donated by local stores) to 190 families in the week ending on Monday, 28 February. Special thanks to all those helping us to help our neighbors in need!

WHAT NOT TO DONATE: We need a wide variety of food items for the weekly food distribution. However, donations at times include items which we do not distribute. These include: non-commercial packaged or home-canned items (unless the source is well known to us); damaged cans; opened items; alcoholic beverages; prescription or over-the-counter medicines; insect sprays and poisons, pet food – any turning up in our distribution is passed on to the Humane Society or animal rescue organizations; and candy, as the basic goal of the program is nutrition (except for items appropriate for clients’ young children present at the distribution).

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