Updated: Jul 25
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) canned fruit, and (4) dry unsweetened cereal.
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! – Status of the main US producer is unclear, possibly still repairing storm damage.) 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).
Overall Pantry food reserves for the time of year are the lowest in ten years.
Over the week ending at close of business 4 July, we received approximately 1.12 tons of non-perishable food. With this and current reserves we hope to cover the 11 July distribution, with the projected shortages for the 18 July distribution, and more extensive shortages for 25 July. (Baby formula and other items mentioned afterwards are short for next week.)
We gave out approximately 1.69 tons of non-perishable food, somewhat more perishable food (bread and pastries, fresh vegetables and fruit, etc. – primarily donated by local stores) to 174 families on Independence Day, Monday, 4 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 overthe-counter medicines; insect sprays and poisons, pet food; and candy, as the basic goal of the program is nutrition (except for items appropriate for clients’ young children present at the distribution).