If You Are Helping A Family, Maybe This Can Help You Tailor It More

Dear Editor,

I came across a Facebook post that I have paraphrased and edited below. (Thanks Wendy for the post.)

So, I spoke to people getting food at a food bank and here are some things I learned from those in need:

Everyone donates Kraft Mac and Cheese in the box. They can rarely use it because it needs milk and butter/, which is hard to get from regular food banks.

Boxed milk is a treasure, as kids need it for cereal, which they also get a lot of.

Everyone donates pasta sauce and spaghetti noodles.

They cannot eat all the awesome canned veggies and soup unless you put a can opener in too or buy pop tops.

Oil is a luxury but needed for Rice a-Roni, which they also get a lot of.

Spices or salt and pepper would be a real Christmas gift.

Tea bags and coffee make them feel you care.

Sugar and flour are treats.

Seeds are cool in Spring and Summer because growing can be easy for some.

Tuna and crackers make a good lunch.

Cake mix and frosting make it possible to make a child’s birthday cake.

Dishwashing detergent is very expensive and is always appreciated.

Feminine hygiene products are a luxury and women will cry over that.

Everyone loves Stove Top Stuffing.

The following items were extracted from the list above because they require a cooler or freezer. While the Three Hills Area Food Bank has both, I don’t know if they are using them. Perhaps a director can reply to my letter so the readers will know if the following items can be donated to our local food bank.

They fawn over fresh produce donated by farmers and grocery stores.

They rarely get fresh meat.

Hamburger Helper goes nowhere without ground beef.

They get lots of peanut butter and jelly but usually not sandwich bread

Butter or margarine is nice too.

Eggs are a real commodity.

In all the years I have donated food for the holidays, I bought what I thought they wanted, but have never asked. I am glad I did. If you are helping a Family, maybe this can help you tailor it more. It does for me!


Helga Spence

Three Hills, AB