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Discussion: $ so much better than food items!

in: Bash; Bash > 2021-01-14

Jan 15, 2021 11:30 AM # 
Donating money is so much better than dropping off food items. Buying power and bulk purchasing of a food bank allows for approx $4-$5 food purchase for every $1 donated! And no volunteers/staff needed to sort through individual items! And so much easier/less work to stock shelves or make bags for pick up when inventory is same items in skid quantities! Yay - Food Bank Run - well appreciated by so many!
Jan 15, 2021 1:12 PM # 
what a great idea for a challenge. awesome.

re: stay at home rules
This tweet by a Cdn stand up comedian summarizes it nicely
Jan 15, 2021 1:17 PM # 
Agreed to all that Baloney said! Because I’ve always donated money, I didn’t even know where the Food Bank was located in our small town. I had decided that the spirit of this challenge was to do something different and a little difficult so I’d planned to run in the nasty industrial area near The Exchange with a big backpack full of whatever food items were currently recommended on their website. That would be memorable and worthy of the badge but this will be just fine.
Jan 15, 2021 1:22 PM # 
Bash, that was my plan, too - although getting to my food bank requires just a busy country road with minimal shoulder. And while cash is a better donation, most food banks (in pre-COVID times) appreciate the spirit of physical donations. The one I used to work with would use such donations as both an educational opportunity ("next time, know that cash makes your donation go further") and a recruiting opportunity.

The problem with donating cash (in person or online) is that your chances for negative splits on your run go down vs. dropping off heavy canned goods!
Jan 15, 2021 1:28 PM # 
In hindsight, I could have run with a backpack full of food anyway! Your perspective from inside is interesting. My 75-year-old neighbour has continued to volunteer at the Food Bank two days a week through the pandemic, which is pretty cool. Only two volunteers are allowed in the building at once and I assume they wear masks.
Jan 15, 2021 1:29 PM # 
@Hammer, I also like the comments on that comedian’s tweet!
Jan 15, 2021 3:50 PM # 
Sadly, since moving mid-pandemic, I haven't been able to do any work with a food pantry. I still serve on the board of my formerly local soup kitchen since we're all Zooming in to meetings anyway, but it's not the same. (What is?) One of my post-COVID goals is to (re)connect to the local version of these communities; it's some of the most spiritually uplifting work I've done in my life.
Jan 15, 2021 4:25 PM # 
That's wonderful, Dave.

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