Shortages in sorted food, in order of need, are: (1) canned soup, (2) “meals in a can” (canned stew, canned pasta, chili, etc), (3) dry unsweetened cereal, (4) canned fruit, (5) pasta, and (6) “add-ins” (cookies, crackers, common condiments, etc.).
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 was cleared to start up again last week, but some time will be needed to make up shortages.) 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.
Plastic newspaper bags and plastic grocery bags are always needed. Paper grocery bags are also needed.
NOT needed at this time: canned vegetables (we still have enough for well over eight weeks).
Over the week ending 6 June, we received approximately 2.27 tons of non-perishable food. With this and current reserves we expect to cover the 13 June distribution, with the projected shortages for the 20 and 27 June distributions. (Baby formula and other items mentioned afterwards are short for next week.)
We gave out approximately 2.05 tons of non-perishable food, and considerably more perishable food (bread and pastries, fresh vegetables and fruit, etc. – primarily donated by local stores) to 211 families in the week ending on Monday, 6 June. As always, special thanks go to all those helping us to help our neighbors in need!