Shortages in sorted food, in order of need, are: (1) pasta, (2) canned soup, (3) dry unsweetened cereal, and (4) pasta sauce.
In addition, we need: baby formula equivalents/substitutes for US-produced Similac Blue and Similac Orange (Sensitive). (Note: the national shortage of baby formula, caused in part by the continued shut-down of a major producer after infant illnesses and two deaths, require substitute formulas.) 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 currently have enough for over nine weeks).
A typographical error last week misstated incoming donations: we received approximately 1.26 (not 2.26) tons of nonperishable food over the week ending 9 May, and distributed 2.05 tons during the same period. Over the week ending 16 May, we received approximately 2.15 tons of non-perishable food. With this and current reserves we expect to cover the 23 May distribution, with the projected shortages for the 30 May and 6 June distributions. (Baby formula and other items mentioned afterwards are short for next week.)
We gave out approximately 2.06 tons of non-perishable food, and rather more perishable food (bread and pastries, fresh vegetables and fruit, etc. – primarily donated by local stores) to 212 families in the week ending on Monday, 16 May. Special thanks this week go to our Post Office Letter Carriers for their food drive last weekend, as well as to all those helping us to help our neighbors in need!