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Fri Dec 18, 2020, 09:35 PM

Just spoke to my son who volunteers at a food bank in his small rural community.

They're facing more people in need of help and less food to go around. Congress can't come up with a relief package, unemployment benefits are running out and many families are facing some really hard times.

If any of you have a few dollars to spare, donating to your local food Bank would be a very good use for it.

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Reply Just spoke to my son who volunteers at a food bank in his small rural community. (Original post)
Arkansas Granny Dec 2020 OP
Karadeniz Dec 2020 #1
padah513 Dec 2020 #2
dhill926 Dec 2020 #3
tavernier Dec 2020 #4
MagickMuffin Dec 2020 #5
BadGimp Dec 2020 #6
AnotherMother4Peace Dec 2020 #7
lunatica Dec 2020 #8
Arkansas Granny Dec 2020 #11
Duppers Dec 2020 #9
MustLoveBeagles Dec 2020 #10
ansible Dec 2020 #12
Ilsa Dec 2020 #13
DURHAM D Dec 2020 #14
HariSeldon Dec 2020 #15
NJCher Dec 2020 #17
Arkansas Granny Dec 2020 #23
Jarqui Dec 2020 #16
Joinfortmill Dec 2020 #18
smirkymonkey Dec 2020 #19
58Sunliner Dec 2020 #20
George II Dec 2020 #21
Dark n Stormy Knight Dec 2020 #22
malaise Dec 2020 #24
Nictuku Dec 2020 #25
rgbecker Dec 2020 #26
Arkansas Granny Dec 2020 #27

Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2020, 09:37 PM

1. A great reminder!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2020, 09:40 PM

2. A good son!

Raised the right way.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2020, 09:46 PM

3. almost all of our charity giving this year....

is going to local food banks....

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2020, 09:53 PM

4. I work at a high school in Florida.

We make up food bags for the kids .

This week we made up bags for the kids for breakfasts and lunches for the next two weeks over the break. A lot of the kids didnít want them so there were quite a few left over. I got the OK to give them for the food bank in the community. Unfortunately The two largest were closed until next week, and the third didnít have any refrigeration. I had crates of individual milks. Fortunately enough of the people at school knew families that they could divvy them out to, but these families were not really needy.

Please get in touch with your local schools after the Christmas break. I donít know if they are like the Florida schools, but if they give out food bags, they might have a lot of leftovers by the end of the week. A lot of the kids donít take the bags and some of the kids just throw the stuff away.I know that some of this can be used for food at food banks so please consider this as an option.

All the food is packaged or pre/wrapped so not touched before being bagged.

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Response to tavernier (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 18, 2020, 09:55 PM

5. Try calling Unitarian Churches


They could probably help. But also think about minority churches they could probably use it the most.


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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2020, 10:22 PM

6. And let's keep in mnd the Eviction Moritarium that expired in a few days.

fuck!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2020, 10:22 PM

7. You've got a good son. It's not Congress it's McConnell & the Senate.

No bill can become law until voted through the Senate.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2020, 10:32 PM

8. I give a monthly donation to Feeding America.

I started it at the beginning of the pandemic. Gotta help people with the basic needs of life. Food is the bottom line when it comes to life.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 18, 2020, 10:48 PM

11. Yes, I do the same.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2020, 10:34 PM

9. Thank your son for me.

I've already sent a donation to our local food Bank. Will send more.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2020, 10:51 PM

12. Food banks already shut down here months ago

Things are getting really, really bad here

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2020, 10:57 PM

13. I'm donating to my church's food bank instead of

giving gifts to relatives.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2020, 10:57 PM

14. Done

This year I bought no gifts and gave no money to family members. Instead I donated the amount (plus some) I would usually spend on them.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2020, 10:59 PM

15. This was my big charitable support recipient this year

My family gave $2,000 this year, since they can do so much with each dollar.

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Response to HariSeldon (Reply #15)

Fri Dec 18, 2020, 11:16 PM

17. $2000 is a lot!

Good for you and your family.

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Response to HariSeldon (Reply #15)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 08:19 AM

23. They can get much more for a dollar than I can.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2020, 11:07 PM

16. Heart wrenching to see the lines so long

we're doing what we can too.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2020, 11:18 PM

18. Yes, time to give again.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2020, 11:22 PM

19. I donate monthly through payroll deduction to the Greater Boston Food Bank.

However, maybe I should send them a little extra. I also have to tip out all the building workers in my apt. bldg, which is going to cost me a small fortune. However, I am sure I can probably spare a little extra.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2020, 11:34 PM

20. K & R!!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 12:22 AM

21. Thank you. Even before this, just today I contributed another $100 to FoodShare here in CT.....

It's one of the best ways to help people in need. Each $100 allows them to provide 250 meals, which is amazing. It's not that difficult for many of us here on DU. I'm sure lots of us can chip in a few dollars. And with many of us not going to restaurants or spending money on recreational activities, the money we save can help feed those in dire economic straits.

When I see those reports of hundreds of cars lined up to get food for their families it breaks my heart. They spend hours on line just to be able to feed their families. So sad.

So please, if you can do it, help those who can't afford to buy food!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 04:00 AM

22. You raised a good one.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 08:24 AM

24. Was speaking with a friend last night here in Jamaica last night

We both noted that people aren't just begging for money these days - they are begging for food and clothes. Domestic workers in homes (helpers are we call them) have lost their jobs in droves because people do not want to be exposed to those using public transport or living in communities where Covid is spreading.

This is a global mess of epic proportions than cannot be solved by the pro privatization crowd.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 11:10 AM

25. This post inspired me to donate to my local community food bank

It wasn't a lot, but what I could do.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 11:24 AM

26. Can someone explain to me how Food stamps are not picking up the slack?

Are they hard to get? Do they not amount to enough to feed anybody? Are they available for kids? How are they not working?

Can't believe in 2020 that private contributions are required to feed Americans at any point in time.

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Response to rgbecker (Reply #26)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 12:55 PM

27. I'm not sure how SNAP benefits (food stamps) are allocated these days, but

many years ago I depended on them to feed four kids and myself. I was quite frugal with them, cooked very inexpensive meals and bought no prepared food or junk food. I wasn't working at the time, so I had time to cook meals from scratch. If I planned carefully, I could usually make it stretch for the whole month, but the cupboards would be getting pretty bare.

For someone who didn't have the cooking skills or who works and has to rely on fixing quicker meals, it could be very difficult to make that amount stretch.

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