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(xoJane)   Because some people think it's perfectly acceptable to give canned escargot and fruitcake (it's not), here are some ground rules for giving to food banks   (xojane.com) divider line 198
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2013-12-15 08:23:41 AM
Look...beggars cant be choosers.  Stop being poor, get a better job...or actually get a job for that matter...and you wont have this issue.
 
2013-12-15 08:34:44 AM
I want fruitcakes.
 
2013-12-15 08:59:23 AM

Endive Wombat: Look...beggars cant be choosers.  Stop being poor, get a better job...or actually get a job for that matter...and you wont have this issue.


haha, shows what you know
 
2013-12-15 09:06:40 AM
Many food pantries will provide a wish list of the items most in need. Besides a wish list, my local food pantry has posted on their website that they'd prefer not to get any more donations of canned corn or peas because those two items already take up about a quarter of their available storage space.

CSB...

My work is currently running a contest to collect donations from employees for a local food bank. Whoever donates the most items by quantity will win front row tickets to a Blackhawks game, I know that some of my scummy coworkers will be in there arguing that each bar in a bag of fun size Snickers should count as its own item.
 
2013-12-15 09:13:24 AM
I'm of the opinion that it's always better to just give food banks cash so they can buy whatever they actually need.  Too many people seem to use food drives as an opportunity to clear out the pantry.
 
2013-12-15 09:35:53 AM

aimtastic: Besides a wish list, my local food pantry has posted on their website that they'd prefer not to get any more donations of canned corn or peas because those two items already take up about a quarter of their available storage space.


I volunteer at a food bank, this is true here as well.  What they really want where I am is canned meat, Tuna, Salmon, Spam etc.  My area has a lot of low/no income Senior Citizens who need more protein in their diet.
 
2013-12-15 09:40:03 AM

Tom_Slick: aimtastic: Besides a wish list, my local food pantry has posted on their website that they'd prefer not to get any more donations of canned corn or peas because those two items already take up about a quarter of their available storage space.

I volunteer at a food bank, this is true here as well.  What they really want where I am is canned meat, Tuna, Salmon, Spam etc.  My area has a lot of low/no income Senior Citizens who need more protein in their diet.


beans!
 
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2013-12-15 10:24:45 AM

jake_lex: I'm of the opinion that it's always better to just give food banks cash so they can buy whatever they actually need.  Too many people seem to use food drives as an opportunity to clear out the pantry.


Or do both?

It's better than throwing it away if it's good, edible food.
 
2013-12-15 10:28:47 AM
Now granted this is less of a problem these days, but I always wondered why no one ever donated can openers to food banks.
 
2013-12-15 10:31:40 AM

jake_lex: I'm of the opinion that it's always better to just give food banks cash so they can buy whatever they actually need.  Too many people seem to use food drives as an opportunity to clear out the pantry.


Many, many years ago in high school (late 90's) a local radio station was running some food donation contest.  I don't remember the specifics, but the goal was to get like 100 cans of food to the DJ's.  You had to figure out where they were based off clues they gave out, and the first person to arrive at their location with at least 100 cans got tickets, backstage passes, etc. to see N'Sync, Backstreet Boys, or some boy band...whatever....

Anyway two girls I went to school with figured out where they were, went to the store and purchased the least expensive, tiniest cans of tomato paste, totaling like $35.  They arrive at the location of the DJ's and they won.  What was great about it was they got the tickets, but the DJ's publicly shamed them and called them out for bringing literally the least expensive and most inedible items.  The interesting thing to point out is WHERE I went to school - rich-ass Orange County, SoCal...like these girls got brand new Range Rovers for their 16th birthday rich.  They could have charged $1000 on mommy and daddy's credit card and sprung forproper food and their parents would not have even batted an eye.
 
2013-12-15 10:32:12 AM
Are ramen noodles still OK?

I like being charitable and generous, I just don't want it to cost very much.

toothpaste, deodorant are also needed items.
 
2013-12-15 10:57:59 AM

doglover: Tom_Slick: aimtastic: Besides a wish list, my local food pantry has posted on their website that they'd prefer not to get any more donations of canned corn or peas because those two items already take up about a quarter of their available storage space.

I volunteer at a food bank, this is true here as well.  What they really want where I am is canned meat, Tuna, Salmon, Spam etc.  My area has a lot of low/no income Senior Citizens who need more protein in their diet.

beans!


Not so great for the senior digestive system, unfortunately.  My gran, when she lived with me, loved butter beans but they tore her stomach up.  I think it was the fiber.  I had a hard time getting enough fiber in her diet until Benefiber came along.
 
2013-12-15 11:01:14 AM
Also - protein, because it's more expensive and therefore not as likely to be given, is always welcome.  Tuna, canned hams, that sort of thing.  Soap and toothpaste.  Laundry detergent.
 
2013-12-15 11:02:16 AM

Tom_Slick: aimtastic: Besides a wish list, my local food pantry has posted on their website that they'd prefer not to get any more donations of canned corn or peas because those two items already take up about a quarter of their available storage space.

I volunteer at a food bank, this is true here as well.  What they really want where I am is canned meat, Tuna, Salmon, Spam etc.  My area has a lot of low/no income Senior Citizens who need more protein in their diet.


Canned fruit is usually hard to come by, too.
 
2013-12-15 11:09:44 AM

cmunic8r99: Tom_Slick: aimtastic: Besides a wish list, my local food pantry has posted on their website that they'd prefer not to get any more donations of canned corn or peas because those two items already take up about a quarter of their available storage space.

I volunteer at a food bank, this is true here as well.  What they really want where I am is canned meat, Tuna, Salmon, Spam etc.  My area has a lot of low/no income Senior Citizens who need more protein in their diet.

Canned fruit is usually hard to come by, too.


Pumpkin pie filling it is, then!

/What?
 
2013-12-15 11:12:15 AM
Read the article but I don't remember if it included underwear, socks, baby wipes for the homeless who don't have showers, etc.
 
2013-12-15 11:13:13 AM
Green beans, pie filling, and pureed gizzards.

The poor really can't get enough of those!
 
2013-12-15 11:14:20 AM

Endive Wombat: Look...beggars cant be choosers.  Stop being poor, get a better job...or actually get a job for that matter...and you wont have this issue.


Oh stop it, you know better.


/http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/35-statistics-about-the -wo rking-poor-in-america-that-will-blow-your-mind
 
2013-12-15 11:14:57 AM
Beggars cant be choosers. If it was fresh and tasty, I'd eat it myself.

/There's always prostitution.
 
2013-12-15 11:19:12 AM
Reading that was like listening to Paul Lynde and Lewis Black discuss the mouth of a gift horse.
 
2013-12-15 11:19:49 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Tuna, canned hams, that sort of thing. Soap and toothpaste. Laundry detergent.


The food bank is only open 8-5 M-F. This means I can't stop by there and donate unless I have the day off. When I can, though, I give them several cans of chicken, tuna, chili, and ready-to-eat soup. Usually 1 can of fruit, 1 can of beans, and a box of minute rice too. I asked them what they needed most, and they said "Things with lots of protein are always good," so that's what I try to get them.

I didn't think about soap, toothpaste, and detergent because of the "food" in "food bank", but I could totally see them needing those things too.
 
2013-12-15 11:19:53 AM

Tom_Slick: aimtastic: Besides a wish list, my local food pantry has posted on their website that they'd prefer not to get any more donations of canned corn or peas because those two items already take up about a quarter of their available storage space.

I volunteer at a food bank, this is true here as well.  What they really want where I am is canned meat, Tuna, Salmon, Spam etc.  My area has a lot of low/no income Senior Citizens who need more protein in their diet.


And ask/ look at the list for non-food items they may need as well.  My local operation is always begging for things like diapers, shampoo, toothpaste, et cetera.  We apparently have a fair number of poor families in the area.
 
2013-12-15 11:20:25 AM
This women is complain about dented goods? Really? A dented can does not affect what's inside. Take your whining and shove it. It doesn't look as pretty when on the shelf, boo hoo. It's free, and exactly the same as a non-dented can. Scary looking packages? Please. It's cosmetic. Get over it.

Escargot? Yeah, if you throw gourmet foods out without even trying them, I have very little sympathy. Somebody was trying to be nice to you, and give you something that's not exactly cheap. You threw it out. Try it, you may like it. You know, what your parents tried to beat into your head when you were a kid.

Most of this list is useful advice, but those two things really make me want to donate nothing but dented cans of gourmet food items. People are giving you stuff, even sometimes some very nice stuff for free. Beggars really can't be choosers.
 
2013-12-15 11:21:34 AM
Getting unique food items that we never had in the house was one of the bright spots when my family would get a box from the food bank. Well, that and actually having something to eat. Though sometimes we'd get something like a Sweet Sue Whole Chicken in a can. I still have frightening flashbacks of seeing it ooze out of the can like some freakish robopoultry birth. Please people, give whatever you want to the food bank, even Pork Brains in Milk Gravy, but leave the Sweet Sue Whole Chicken at the store.
 
2013-12-15 11:22:08 AM
I have never understood why people don't like fruitcake. I mean other than the toxic dehydrated artificially coloured jellied fruit, it's quite tasty.
 
2013-12-15 11:22:15 AM
I wonder if it'd be ok to donate sardines. I eat them like candy, so I buy them in bulk, so I got a lot of them. I like them, but realize a lot of people don't.
 
2013-12-15 11:23:43 AM

Endive Wombat: Many, many years ago in high school (late 90's) a local radio station was running some food donation contest...


You sound old.
 
2013-12-15 11:24:25 AM
My retail store once held a food drive while I was terribly poor and pretty much starving (medical bills). One of my managers found out and drove his car around back with the food in his trunk. I was mortified and yet survived a couple months on the meager scraps I allowed myself. Food bank, thank you.
 
2013-12-15 11:24:26 AM

I_Am_Weasel: Are ramen noodles still OK?

I like being charitable and generous, I just don't want it to cost very much.

toothpaste, deodorant are also needed items.


[CSB] I used to volunteer at a food bank, so I'm getting a kick out of your replies...

I can't speak for every food bank, but Ramen noodles were greatly appreciated where I worked. Crackers and soup of any type are also very appreciated. Any type of canned food is good, especially canned fruit and canned meats such as Ravioli, Tuna, Stew Beef and Dried Beef. You can't go wrong with peanut butter.

What you can't donate... anything perishable and/or openable. There are some sick farks out there who think donating tampered food is teh funneh. Food Banks do have a lot of perishable items, but they get these from supermarkets and large output farms. Foods donated from these sources can be trusted.

The bank where I worked was about 300 yards away from a Wal-Mart. Although the local merchants gave us most of our food, the executives at the Wal-Mart refused to donate so much as a loaf of bread. They would cut us a check once a year, but it was a piddling amount compared to the donations made by the local, family owned stores. Wal-Mart is cheap, cheap, cheap. A lot of our patrons worked at the Wal-Mart.

Food Lion is awesome. They gave us tons of food, and they would cut us a HUGE check every November. [/CSB]
 
2013-12-15 11:24:38 AM
I'm not trying to be a scrooge here, but I've stopped giving to any charities unless I know directly where my contribution is going. If I donate $20 to a food bank, how do I know that it's going to actually, you know, buy FOOD and not contribute to the paycheck of the Marketing Dept Assistant?
I'm into donating clothes, food from my pantry that I'm probably not going to eat, or going out and buying food specifically for the drive (spaghetti, Prego spaghetti w/meat sauce, canned peaches, etc). I also occasionally donate blood during blood drives.
When you donate cash, some portion of that goes to the overhead of the organization, which essentially means you work and earn money to pay for someone else's salary for a service you don't use.
 
2013-12-15 11:24:47 AM
Who cans fruitcake?
 
2013-12-15 11:25:35 AM
I've worked in a homeless shelter before (battered women, and having a couple of non-threatening men on site actually helped a LOT), and clothes are another huge issue. Donating dead grandma's old clothes and asking for a receipt to itemize pissed me off to no end.

Also, stop bringing in old underclothes. Seriously. Stop.  There's poor, and there's used underwear poor.
 
2013-12-15 11:26:23 AM
Don't send CARE packages to the so-called starving thousands in Europe. Because they're not starving at all. Can you afford to live in Europe? No! You can't even afford to visit Europe. And you know what they do with the CARE packages you send? They whack them with their polo mallets and kick them into their swimming pools, and have a good laugh at your expense.
 
2013-12-15 11:27:07 AM

jake_lex: I'm of the opinion that it's always better to just give food banks cash so they can buy whatever they actually need.


Then the food banks end up just spending it on liquor.
 
2013-12-15 11:28:39 AM

jake_lex: I'm of the opinion that it's always better to just give food banks cash so they can buy whatever they actually need.  Too many people seem to use food drives as an opportunity to clear out the pantry.


I know, It's better to throw that stuff out.
 
2013-12-15 11:28:51 AM

EngineerAU: sometimes we'd get something like a Sweet Sue Whole Chicken in a can. I still have frightening flashbacks


Another Farker in a previous thread said that particular food product was designed for people who didn't have reliable refrigeration and/or the Amish. No fridge, no problem; you can still have an entire chicken! I think most people would rather have canned cooked shredded chicken meat, but if you wanted chicken bones and organs, the whole chicken would be the way to go.
 
2013-12-15 11:28:57 AM
ADDENDUM: I said earlier that "openable foods" cannot be donated. That's not entirely correct. If it has a resealable opening, the interior seal must not be broken.

In other words, the hymen must be intact. There; that's not sexist.

/Later.
 
2013-12-15 11:30:07 AM
Meh, they'll be getting the usual from me

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2013-12-15 11:30:56 AM

TomD9938: Endive Wombat: Many, many years ago in high school (late 90's) a local radio station was running some food donation contest...

You sound old.

You sound young.
 
2013-12-15 11:31:45 AM

fat_free: I'm not trying to be a scrooge here, but I've stopped giving to any charities unless I know directly where my contribution is going. If I donate $20 to a food bank, how do I know that it's going to actually, you know, buy FOOD and not contribute to the paycheck of the Marketing Dept Assistant?
I'm into donating clothes, food from my pantry that I'm probably not going to eat, or going out and buying food specifically for the drive (spaghetti, Prego spaghetti w/meat sauce, canned peaches, etc). I also occasionally donate blood during blood drives.
When you donate cash, some portion of that goes to the overhead of the organization, which essentially means you work and earn money to pay for someone else's salary for a service you don't use.


Yes, people work there and they do get paid.  But most of it goes to buying perishables that they can't get donated.  My local bank here buys meat, eggs, milk, leafy greens and fill-in items to balance out what they got donated.
 
2013-12-15 11:32:24 AM
A more important question is can I use my EBT card to purchase canned escargot?  I mean it's not pre made, and when I had it years ago on a cruise ship, it was wonderful.
 
2013-12-15 11:33:12 AM

StoPPeRmobile: jake_lex: I'm of the opinion that it's always better to just give food banks cash so they can buy whatever they actually need.  Too many people seem to use food drives as an opportunity to clear out the pantry.

I know, It's better to throw that stuff out.


It depends.  When I decided to go on Atkins, I donated my unopened pantry foods that were off-plan.  The Food Bank was happy.
 
2013-12-15 11:35:07 AM
I donate money to the food bank; they can buy whatever they're short of without my having to worry about it/go shopping for it for them. It's down the street from the walmart, not inside a volcano.
 
2013-12-15 11:36:46 AM
FTA: ~~12. Consider donating cash. Large organizations can get way better deals on food than you can; with ten dollars, Feeding America can provide 90 meals to hungry people.


Um, why would I go through calling places, gathering up just the right kind of food, etc. if I could just donate $10 and feed way more people?  Shouldn't this have been the first thing mentioned?  I actually eat what I buy at the store, not much excess inventory in my pantry.  Then again, I know how to cook, and have a kitchen.
 
2013-12-15 11:36:55 AM
"Endive Wombat : Look...beggars cant be choosers. Stop being poor, get a better job...or actually get a job for that matter...and you wont have this issue."

Yep, great jobs just exist everywhere these days. I'll bet you're a hoot at parties.
 
2013-12-15 11:38:38 AM
This is great. Today's beggars are too good to eat food that my grandparents considered a treat. fark em, let 'em starve. I'm giving my leftovers to my dogs.
 
2013-12-15 11:41:20 AM
Only in the U.S. do "poor" people have so many options that they can be picky about the food they get for free.  Boo to the author.  If someone is actually starving they will be quite happy to take that fruitcake or that escargot.  Actually they should be thrilled with the second, even if not starving.  They are quite yummy and it is probably fairly rare event for a person who is economically challenged to get a chance to expand their food experiences a bit.
 
2013-12-15 11:41:48 AM
I get the author's point, but when the title of the article is "How Not To Be A Dick At The Food Bank", the person that comes off as a dick is the author.
 
2013-12-15 11:42:36 AM
An entitled, whiney homeless person bloviating on how the people helping are thoughtless, selfish and inadequate. Sounds about right.
 
2013-12-15 11:44:06 AM
As someone that  has been that poor... fark you, subby.

If it has calories, isn't 100% sugar, comes in a can and isn't already expired, please go ahead and donate it.  I mean, if you're  buying food for the food bank go for beans and tinned meat and stuff you'd consider staples, but if you're just donating your extra food you don't want go ahead and err on the side of donating rather than throwing it out.  Sure,  you may think canned fruitcake is disgusting, but someone on the edge isn't seeing "dreadfully gauche", they're seeing a day's worth of carbohydrates and a serving of fruit with enough vitamin C to stave off the acute forms of malnutrition.

Someone will eat it, I guarantee you.  If it's so terrible that no one will, let the food bank make the call to toss it, they know better than you where the line is.  In fact, the people that are actually paid to work at the bank have sorting out what to keep and what not as like 50% of their job description.

// The things to avoid giving the food bank are  perishables.
 
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