Tuesday, February 15, 2005

An Hour A Week, Revisited 

I ought to know better than to say I'm definitely going to do something, because I never do. The most I've done to follow up on my previous post is to check out VolunteerMatch and discover that there really aren't any volunteer opportunities in my area that could use someone for an hour a week. So now I'm thinking about other ways to help people.

An article came to my attention today about the shortage of shelters and food for the homeless. With the amount of money people are spending on food they don't need, it's shameful that people in America are going hungry. So perhaps what's needed right now is for people to donate to their local food bank. I know that my church collects food donations every Sunday to send to Harvest Hope Food Bank. Kroger grocery stores also have barrels right there in the store to drop off items you've bought for the food bank. If everyone who was able donated to their local food bank, consistently (say, weekly), we could make a huge impact on hunger in America.

Here is a list from Harvest Hope of the items they need:
  • Canned meat & fish
  • Peanut butter (plastic jars)
  • Canned soup
  • Dried or canned beans
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit
  • Sugar
  • Similac with iron
  • Baby food (in jars, stages 1 & 2)
  • Personal care items
  • Laundry detergent


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