I hope this doesn't turn into a war of how many people use the food banks when they don't need them. We all know there are the cheap and the lousy out there but lets keep this about those who truly need it.
VI - I agree - this is always a tough time for food banks... I have to wonder though why you said you throw away gift baskets that you get containing body/hygiene products in another thread? Why not donate them?
btw - please remember that there's a host of other agencies out there that collect donations for group homes, womens' shelters etc - if you're donating products of any sort, they should be unopened, in the original packaging. Toys that you may have in your basement waiting for a garage sale can be cleaned and donated as well. Gently used winter clothing is also always in dire need - particularly for the homeless. Give what you can, where you can.
Peanut Butter has protein Francis so many families actually appreciate getting it as long as they don't have to worry about allergies. Schools here make it difficult on families that need peanut butter. The children are not allowed to take anything at all to school that may have a trace of nuts or peanuts in it. I think the better thing to do would be to have all students with allergies eat in one room away from the others. I think the room would only have a few people in it rather than the whole school being nut free. The students eat in their classroom anyway.
It should be up to the client whether to accept items or not. As gross as it sounds, peanut butter can be a great donation. It often gets used as bait to catch pigeons and squirrels for some fresh meat. Gross ... but reality to they who are really down on their luck and eager to survive.
Hi VI, I wish it were that simple.. My little guy must have his Epi kit on him 24/7 at school even if the school is "Nut Free" due to the fact bigger kids could always have chocolate bars in the pockets. This is why nut products cannot be brought to the school as it could easily be put in a kids pocket and then brought out in the mandatory school yard play..
The worse part is that it makes our child a bigger target for bullying.. So truthfully I would prefer he not have this allergy that not only makes him a visible target, but endangers his life 24/7...
Creamed corn was on sale the other day. 4 cans went into my bag and 4 went into the food bin. Save-on has those little $2 coupons for feeding the needy. I take 2 or 3 everytime I go through. I don't add more around Christmas, though. But I do chip in change at SallyAnn buckets. I also donate the deposits I get back from juice bottles and other stuff.
Francis I know you worry and I respect that. I still believe that it is in his best interests to learn to move away from the source. He cannot live in a bubble and you cannot be there 24/7/365. He is young but not too young to learn what to stay away from. It's vastly important that he learns right now.
My 5 year old is very food savvy.. For him I am not too worried but his classmate who has the same issue I would not feel as comfortable..
My son knows how to read, yes read, ingredients since he was 4 year old.. He has been careful and does not accept food from strangers for any reason.. Of course there are many reasons w child should never accept food from a stranger but for him is is even more important as you can imagine..
I do not worry as much as you think, but as a concerned parent it is in the back of my mind "sub-conscientiously" at all times.. It's called human nature that I cannot control.. I recognize that..
And the reason I mentioned it is because I realize nuts and trail mix is such a healthy food supplement. We used to eat it by the tons full camping when I was single..
I signed up with Canada Helps and make a monthly food bank cash donation. It is the easy way to do it and lets the food bank decide what it needs rather than having to make do with what I hope it needs.