Shortages in order of need: (1) canned soup, (2) pasta sauce, (3) pasta, (4) “meals in a can”: (stew/canned pasta/chili/etc.), and (5) dry unsweetened cereal. Also needed: Similac Blue, and diapers sizes 5 and 6. Also Pediasure and Ensure 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 (currently nine weeks supply on hand).

We received approximately 1.58 tons of non-perishable food over the week ending 7 February. With this and current reserves we expect to cover the 14 and 21 February projected distributions, with the above projected shortages for the 28 February distribution.

We gave out approximately 2.04 tons of non-perishable food, and about the same amount of perishable food (bread and pastries, fresh vegetables and fruit, etc. – primarily donated by local stores) to 210 families in the week ending on Monday, 7 February. Special thanks to all those helping us to help our neighbors in need!

*A PANTRY FOOTNOTE -- 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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