Shortages in sorted food, in order of need, are: (1) canned soup, (2) pasta, (3) canned fruit, (4) dry unsweetened cereal, (5) canned beans, 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). (Note: the major producer whose shut-down was a major reason for the national formula shortage may reopen within weeks, but it probably will take time to pick up production again.) We also need diapers sizes 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 over nine weeks).
Over the week ending 23 May, we received approximately 1.87 tons of non-perishable food. With this and current reserves we expect to cover the 30 May and 6 June distributions, with the projected shortages for the 13 June distribution. (Baby formula and other items mentioned afterwards are short for next week.)
We gave out approximately 2.03 tons of non-perishable food, and considerably more perishable food (bread and pastries, fresh vegetables and fruit, etc. – primarily donated by local stores) to 209 families in the week ending on Monday, 23 May. Special thanks go to all those helping us to help our neighbors in need!