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Workin' the food pantry.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

As a homeschool mom, I try to get my kids involved in community work to teach them the value of giving to others.
One of my activities is the twice monthly job, filling bags at the local food pantry. This is very rewarding! The kids love to help and it goes much faster with many hands.
Now...last year, I'm filling bags and my administrator is complaining because they lost their Saturday gleaner. The gleaner picks up day-old bakery from the local store and delivers it to the food pantry for distribution. I said I'd be happy to take that job. How easy! And it is easy too! The store employees are delightful and it makes me wake up early. So...what is the problem. Well, the food pantry fills up fast. I asked my boss where to put the overflow and she tells me to take it home or toss it. Cool! Well, cool until I gained 10 POUNDS! I can't even think about wasting food, so I try to find homes for the all of it, but, would you believe, many government agencies out here won't take day-old bakery. WHAT?! Apparently, homeless shelters only want fresh stuff...oh please. I was sending some to a jobless friend, but she didn't want to pick it up from my house (10 minutes away.) I think I will start sending my daughter to her youth group and theater group with stuff. I just can't bear to toss it.
Anyway, today the overflow was some whole-grain biscotti, so guess that is not too bad.
Love to everyone!
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    Great job giving back!
    3756 days ago
    One of my co-workers was a gleaner !! We had no idea she was doing it until one day ALL this bread appeared in our kitchen !! It was exactly as you said, the pantry was overflowing and said she could take it home. Before she brought it to work, she went around to various other places to make the donation. Eventually, what she had left came to us.

    It was like manna from heaven !! It was wonderful bread !! We all took some home and I gave loaves to our UPS driver, etc... that's how much she had. Of course, things might be different now. Back then, there were fewer people in need. Today, I'm sure all that bread would have been needed.

    I'm so glad that you volunteer your time to help others !!

    3756 days ago
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