Updated: Aug 8, 2022
For the fourth week, donations were less than food distributed. For the third week, donations were at least a half-ton less than the distribution. Help needed! We have insufficient of the following to cover the next two weeks: (1) canned soup, (2) “meals in a can” (canned stew, canned pasta, chili, etc), (3) dry unsweetened cereal, (4) canned fruit, (5) canned beans and (6) pasta.
In addition, we need: baby formula equivalents/substitutes for US-produced Similac Blue and Similac Orange (Sensitive). (Special thanks to those who are locating and donating imported formula! – The main US producer announced they resumed production 1 July, albeit only of one specialty formula.) We also need diapers sizes 4, 5 and 6, baby wipes, and Pediasure, as well as Ensure for adults, and adult unisex pullups sizes small, medium and large.
PAPER GROCERY BAGS (TRADER JOE SIZE OR SIMILAR) ARE NOW IN VERY SHORT SUPPLY. CAN YOU HELP? Plastic newspaper bags and plastic grocery bags are always needed. Plastic 12-egg cartons are very much needed. Other 12 or 6 unit containers are useful as back-ups. (18 and 24-egg containers are too large for our distribution).
Over the week ending at close of business 11 July, we received approximately 1.59 tons of non-perishable food – our thanks for the increase over the past two weeks! With this and current reserves we hope to cover the 18 July distribution, with the projected shortages for the 25 July distribution. (Baby formula and other items mentioned afterwards are short for next week.)
Overall food reserves for the time of year remain the lowest in ten years. We do currently have at least enough for three weeks of canned vegetables, mac & cheese and dry rice/beans. Otherwise, for the 1 August distribution we need everything else.
We gave out approximately 2.16 tons of non-perishable food, and slightly less perishable food (bread and pastries, fresh vegetables and fruit, etc. – primarily donated by local stores) to 222 families in the week ending 11 July. As always, special thanks go 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; damaged cans; opened items; alcoholic beverages; prescription or over-the-counter medicines; insect sprays and poisons, pet food; and candy.