Green beans are great. They are a vegetable, full of nutrition, and most of us have them sitting around in our kitchen cupboard. A donation of a can of green beans to the local food bank is well, Fantastic! However, there is so much more that is needed. (Would you like to eat green beans everyday?)
Most people don’t think about donating things that are most commonly needed and used on a daily basis. Do you use paper products daily? Take showers? Have children or pets? When making a donation, think about your daily life and what you would need if you were unable to provide for yourself.
I was speaking to a young lady at one of our local food banks, when I learned that she had lost her home to a fire. The fire forced her to seek help in order for her family to survive. When speaking to this young lady I realized that 'green beans' were not the only thing she needed. Yes, she needed food, but she also needed hygiene products, diapers for her baby, paper products and clothing. What an eye opening experience! You never know what circumstances a person is under and the needs that they may have. She said, with a smile, “I never would have thought, that receiving a bar of soap would make me smile and feel 'oh so' thankful!” It’s the small things that we often don’t think of that mean the most.
Below is a list of the items that are most needed. Check with your local office to see if there are any items that are currently needed most at the local food bank. Now, get out there, donate...think outside the can…and share a smile!
Most Needed Items
- Tuna or Canned Salmon
- Fruit or Vegetable Juice
- Peanut Butter
- Hand Soap and other Toiletries
- Laundry Detergent
- Pet Food
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