During September, this blog is going orange for hunger awareness and I am participating in the Moms Fighting Hunger initiative headed up by Stacy of KidsStuffWorld.com. This is the first in a series of three posts about non-profits here in town fighting hunger in our community.
I just love the San Antonio food bank. Did you know it is considered cutting edge in the world of food banks? That is because it has a 5.5 acre community garden with bees! I love it. They started a Daisy Cares Pet food program to help people who lost their jobs continue to care for their furry loved one. They teach cooking classes, they process SNAP applications, they nourish our community. Here is a great calendar of ways to help every day this month in San Antonio.
To help my daughter get in on the action, we completed the virtual food drive. It shows a person pushing a shopping cart through the store computer game style. I let DKITW go "shopping" for what she thought other children would like to eat. She took each selection very seriously and really enjoyed it. Check it out.
If you want to host a real live food drive at your workplace, neighborhood, church or school here are their top 12 most needed items:
- Peanut Butter
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Canned Stews
- Canned Soups
- Canned Luncheon Meats
- Full Meals in a Can/Box
- “Pop Top” Food Items
Here are items they can not use:
- Glass Containers
- Home-canned or Homemade Goods
- Rusty or Unlabeled Cans
- Alcoholic Beverages, Mixes or Soda
- Opened or Used Items
- Baby Food in Jars
- Over-The-Counter or Prescription Drugs
- Food After or Very Close to its Expiration Date
Community GardenWhere: San Antonio Food Bank
When: Monday & Wednesday 9am -12 pm & Saturday, 9:00AM to 12:00 PM
Who: Individuals and Groups of up to 5 volunteers (Monday - Wednesday) & Individuals and Groups of up to 10 volunteers (Saturday)
Age requirement: 8 years of age
Dress Code: For safety, absolutely no sandals or flip-flops, please wear closed-toed shoes. Dress for the weather. Volunteers may want to bring gloves.
Job Description: Assist with the planting, caring for and gleaning of fruits, vegetables and other edible plants. Help with the construction of square foot gardening boxes, raised beds, trellises, walking paths and assist with general maintenance of existing structures. Duties may include composting, weeding, digging, planting, watering and/or hoeing.
Our food bank has something for everyone- please check it out and share the love.
I just read another post from our group by Pamela Price that I found particularly poignant on the issue of food security and food allergies. I'd love for you to check it out and her lovely blog if you haven't already, Red, White and Grew.