In recent weeks, financial analysts have dominated the nightly news debating whether our country is out of the recession, on it’s way out of the recession, or still firmly entrenched in the recession. No matter what the experts say, times are still very difficult for many families. The offerings of local food pantries are still very much needed in many communities. Though you may be a generous contributor to your local food pantry, you may not be aware of the fact that many food pantries accept non food donations and then distribute those items according to need. This article will offer some suggestions for items you can donate to your local food pantry along with non perishable food items. Since storage space can be a concern for many food pantries, be sure to check with those in charge before making any non food donations.
Donate Personal Hygiene Products To Food Pantries.
If a family is having enough problem making ends meet, that buying food for the week is a hardship, then buying the necessary personal hygiene products is surely a hardship as well. Your local food pantry may appreciated receiving items such as bar soap, body wash, shampoo and deodorant. Take advantage of the Buy One, Get One Free offers at your supermarket or the special bonus products that often come with personal hygiene products, to bulk up your weekly food pantry donation.
Include Paper Towels, Tissue, And Toilet Tissue In Your Food Pantry Donation.
A few rolls of paper towels, a box of tissues and a four pack of toilet paper added to your donation will be put to good use. These items will only cost you a few more dollars, but will be very much appreciated to a family that is struggling financially.
Donate Blankets And Sleeping Bags To The Food Pantry.
Workers at a food pantry may know many families that are severely cutting down their heating costs due to limited funds. If you have extra blankets, quilts and sleeping bags, they may surely come in handy for families visiting the food pantry this year. Your closets will get a good cleaning and you will help other families make their children more comfortable this Fall and Winter.
Drop Off Some Fresh Flowers To The Local Food Pantry.
If you are enjoying the last of your summer garden and have a surplus of fresh flowers, donate a bunch of your prettiest blooms to the food pantry. Flowers represent hope and the simple beauties of life. The food pantry workers may decide to offer each visitor a fresh flower or two to remind them to never give up hope.
Make A Donation Of Pet Food And Pet Supplies To The Local Food Pantry.
Families that are having a difficult time feeding nutritious food to their children are surely struggling with feeding their pets as well. A few boxes of dog food, cans of cat food or a bag of kitty litter can make a world of difference to a struggling family that loves their pets and hopes to keep them while waiting for economic conditions to improve.
Donate Laundry Detergent To The Food Pantry.
We all know the high cost of keeping our clothing and bedding clean. A few bottles of generic laundry detergent included in your non perishable food donation will enable several families to do their weekly laundry without worry.
Food pantry workers often develop close and intimate relationships with the regular visitors. They may learn of situations and needs that fall outside the realm of groceries, and can distribute these alternate donations accordingly. Again, please place a phone call or ask in person before bringing any non-food items to the facility. Storage is often very limited at these facilities, and though they may be quite inclined to offer their visitors more than food, the simple fact of space does not allow it.