My Boys and I have been picking a charity or group just someone in need each month to help. We have picked a Domestic Violence Shelter near us that needs food donations. Many women and children are left out looking for food when they decide to leave to keep their family safe from their abuser. It's hard to tell your children let alone yourself that you don't have anything for them to eat tonight. This month has been a hard issue month because I know how hard it is to not eat for days. I lived on my own in High School even after I graduated I had a job the whole time just enough to pay bills and whatever I had left over my abuser took from me. It's something I don't talk about that much it's hard to explain the pain in the bottom of your stomach feels from not eating in days. When the pain would become too much for me I would go visit my grandparents. I never told just like I never told about the abuse that happen to me daily.
If you can donated to a food bank or a shelter keep these things in mind.
1. Spices.Think about it. People who rely on the food bank eat a lot of canned food, rice, oatmeal, white bread, etc. They love spices. Seasoned salt, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, oregano, basil and so on.
2. Feminine Products.Can you imagine being worried about affording these? Pads, tampons, panty liners, etc. Recommended: Buy in bulk at Costco for donating.
3. Chocolate.People don’t need it, but think about being in their shoes and how nice it would be to be given a chocolate bar or brownie mix along with your essentials.
4. Toiletries.Grocery stores are great about donating surplus or unsold food, but they have no reason to donate toilet paper, tooth paste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, etc. Food stamps often don’t cover these.
5. Canned meats and jerky.This isn’t true of all food banks, but some struggle to give users enough protein.
6. Crackers and tortillas.They don’t spoil and everybody likes them.
7. Baby toiletries.Diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, baby shampoo, baby soap, baby food, bottles, etc.
8. Soup packets.Sometimes you look at rice, beans, instant potatoes, and cans of vegetable and think, “What do I make with this?” Hearty soup is a complete meal.
9. Socks.From a former homeless person: “Socks mean the world to you. They keep you warm, make you feel like you have something new, and just comfort you.”
10. Canned fruit other than pineapple.Food banks get a lot of pineapple donated. Their clients love it when other kinds of fruit are available.
Give back if you can!