Show me your food bank food?

I’m wondering if any of you are willing to show or tell me what you get at your food bank? You can email me a pic or just a description of what is typically available to . You can include your name or stay anon and it would be helpful to have your location but if you don’t want to put the exact city , just the general area is fine.

Here’s some of what we get at ours. I had already  put some of it away so this is partial. I think this week there was also a bag of chicken quarters,  string cheese, shelf stable milk, canned fruit, and a cabbage. Our food pantry is every 2 weeks and the amount of food you take depends on your family size.  We live in a rural area outside of Ithaca, NY.  

8 thoughts on “Show me your food bank food?

  1. How timely! We just had our distribution today. I’m the one who does the ordering for the local food bank, so I know exactly what we provide. We are in a very rural area in East Texas. We are a “client choice” facility, so our clients select items that they need and will use. Our goal is to provide about a week’s amount of groceries. Our clients today received the following: two canned meat items such as tuna, chicken, or salmon; one bean item such as a pound of dry pintos or a can of red beans; one soup item such as chicken noodle, two carb items such as a pound of rice or spaghetti or a box of mac and cheese, two canned veggie items such as corn, greens, or tomatoes, one fruit item such as canned peaches or raisins, a breakfast item such as cream of wheat, oatmeal, or pancake mix, two staple or condiment items such as corn muffin mix or stuffing mix or catsup or oil, a snack item such as a four pack of pudding or four nutrigrain bars, three loaves of bread, two dessert items such as muffins or cupcakes, three frozen items such as sausage, pulled pork, or lunch meat, and about five pounds of potatoes. We served about sixty clients in about two hours, thanks to our many volunteers. I am happy to be able to serve my community!

  2. Savannah Georgia…..senior…..once a month…..just received : Cream of Wheat, Raisin Bran, 2 lbs rice in a Ziploc, 1 mac/cheese, 1 rice mix, 1 crackers, 1 granola bars, 3 can tuna, 1 peanut butter, 1 jelly, 2 cans soup, 2 cans beans, 10 cans vegetables, 3 1lb frozen packs of outdated meat (2 chicken, 1 ORGANIC ❤ ground beef)…..forgot to pick up bread 😦 ….no option of fresh veggies or fruit 😦 …..but VERY grateful for this 🙂

  3. I’m wondering if you could share a post as to what you would see as an ideal food pantry visit. Those of us who have been on the volunteering for these things could use some insight to make things better.

    1. Let me comment on the “ideal visit” question. But first a note about food. National demographic data suggests that the typical client has other resources, such as SNAP and personal income, to cover about three-fourths of their family’s food needs. Thus our target, in my local pantry, is to cover that other one-fourth…the “hungry week” of the month. My local pantry gets our food from a regional food bank that is part of the Feeding America program. What we get includes USDA items, food drives, food donated from a large grocery chain in our region, and food purchased in bulk by our regional bank. We spend about ten dollars per month per client, and that money comes from the efforts of our board members in seeking grants and donations. Remember that the “free food” isn’t free. It represents the work of a host of paid and unpaid workers and the goodwill of many donors. We try to provide a wide variety of foods, because we operate a “client choice” pantry; at the same time we try to fill that basket with nutritionally wise items. Now to the ideal visit-something that we seek to provide every month. First, we want each person to feel safe and respected. We want to welcome each one, whether it is their first visit (the hardest) or the fifteenth. We want to have so many volunteers that our distribution is efficient. This month we served about seventy-five clients in under three hours. We want our volunteers to see and hear the importance of their work from the clients, because that is what keeps them coming back to help again. The vast majority of the clients we serve are senior citizens, and we hope the couple of hours we spend together are good for them socially as well as nutritionally. So the ideal visit is uplifting for everyone involved, both clients and staff.


    Blog entries on food pantries.

    The mobile food pantry has been better since these were written, last time got a bag of peppers, a pound of sliced ham, stale French bread, some ranch dressing, hummus and chips, lettuce and a few other things.

    Found a second church community meal.

    One church food pantry in November 2015, gave us frozen thanksgiving turkey breasts with corn, stuffing, noodles, a box of biscuit mix, cranberry, and soups. We got a similar box in December.

    Meat seems to always be in short supply and since these were written Squawker can eat dairy if she has a glass of Lactase milk that day.

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