Updated: Apr 1
Shortages in order of need: (1) pasta sauce, (2) canned soup, (3) canned beans, (4) dry unsweetened cereal, (5) pasta, (6) canned fruit, and (7) “meals in a can” (canned stew, canned pasta, chili, 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: baby fruit pouches, diapers sizes 3, 5 and 6, and Pediasure. 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 2.63 tons of non-perishable food over the week ending 14 March. With this and current reserves we expect to cover the 21 and 28 March distributions, with the first three above projected shortages for the 4 April distribution, and the further items for the Easter Distribution the following week.
We gave out approximately 1.94 tons of non-perishable food, and somewhat less perishable food (bread and pastries, fresh vegetables and fruit, etc. – primarily donated by local stores) to 199 families in the week ending on Monday, 14 March. 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; 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).