Wisdom From a Food Bank Volunteer
Like Spring cleaning it's a new year and giving back, clearing your home of items that you no longer use or don't enjoy anymore is therapeutic.
An awesome trick I learned to help get started. Make sure all your hangers are facing the same way. Once you wear an item, flip the hanger. After a month you will see the items you wear all the time and the ones you don't. It's time to give it to someone who would LOVE your unused items, so put them in a bag and donate them today.
If you are interested in giving back to the shelters or food banks I read a very cool post about going outside of the box.
Wisdom from a Food Bank Volunteer.
- You could donate shelf-stable milk, you can find it at stores like Walmart. It doesn't need to be refrigerated and has a long shelf life. Add this to the cereal that you donate with plastic utensils and bowls.
- If you are donating canned foods, that is awesome but do you know what's not donated often? Can openers.
- Cooking oil is a luxury that often is overlooked when donations roll-in. You've got the noodles and rice but if the recipe calls for oil. Well, now they have that as well.
- Salt, pepper, and other spices are great and often not items that are donated.
- Teabags, coffee, and coffee filters
- Seeds for growing their own produce in the spring and summer months.
- Tuna and crackers, that's a bomb meal for anyone
- Bread is not often donated
- Mayo, mustard, and Ketchup
- Cake Mix, Frosting, and if you really want to go for it, cake pan and candles for an upcoming child's birthday
- Dish Washing Detergent
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Stove Top Stuffing
- Vegetarian canned fake-meat
Cash. Cash is king and when donated to the food banks is incredibly helpful to purchase the items that are missing or much needed that aren't currently being donated.
A giant shout-out to Cheryel Lemley-McRoy for sharing on Yakima Cares (the Facebook Group) the info from Eric McCool (Not sure who the original credit goes to so if you do know, fill me in and I will update)
If you are unaware of the different spots to donate in our Valley please see below.
- Yakima Rotary Food Bank
- OIC Food Bank and Energy Assistance
- Sunrise Outreach Center
- Yakima Seventh Day Adventist Church
- OIC of Washington
- Food Distribution Center - Yakima Valley Community Center
- OIC Community Services
- Northwest Harvest
- The Salvation Army Corps
- Food Distribution Center - Yakima Food Bank
- Food Distribution Center - Yakima SDA Food Bank
- St. Michaels Episcopal Church
- Yakima Fairway Seventh Day Adventist Church
- Yakima Union Gospel Mission
- Food Distribution Center - COS Soup Kitchen
- St. Vincent Food Bank
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