Today is regular pantry day. That happens on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. Occasionally, like this weekend, the third Friday and 4th Saturday happen on the same weekend. Usually not.
I took two teens over this morning, but I've got a headache (and maybe a bit of a fever, I'm noticing now) and there were LOTS of volunteers, so I took off after going through the pantry as a customer myself. The teens are still there, carrying boxes, helping people select produce, and so on.
I'm home enjoying silence. And getting a load of laundry done. And I chopped up apples and started some cranberry applesauce.
Updating this to say: I picked them up, and there were 84 families served today. Eighty-four. That is a lot of hungry people.
|We can go through the pantry twice a month|
Three points are automatically "spent" for bakery, dairy, meat and produce items. Today, that part (for me) included one loaf of sliced bread, a package of English muffins, a blueberry coffeecake, two white onions, 10 eggs, and a carton of sour cream. Because of Thanksgiving, there wasn't meat (there is supposed to be a turkey/chicken/ham distribution on Tuesday).
I could have taken more produce. There were potatoes, apples and bell peppers, but I got plenty of those yesterday. There were carrots, which I also have. There were a few heads of cabbage, and I chose to not take one as there just aren't enough for every family coming through.
In the regular shopping part, though, you can see I got a few items. A lot of staples there -- diced tomatoes, kidney beans, pasta, pasta sauce, soup (which you can't see in the photo), gravy, condensed milk, chicken broth, a can of yams, and jello.
That's all great, and I'm thrilled about it. Not all of that is available each time. What really excited me on this trip, though, was:
- Swiss Miss hot chocolate mix. Big container. My kids are going to be excited.
- Stuffing mix. We used to see that a lot, but it has been scarce lately.
- Kraft Spaghetti Classics. This is one of those "comfort foods" things for me.
- Almonds. Oh. My.
- Craisins. Oh. My.
- Peanut Butter, even if it is creamy and has a broken lid.
- Refried beans -- not just any refried beans, but the jalepeño ones we prefer.
- V8 juice. Thomas especially loves this.
- Pace Southwest Ranch dip. I'm sure I'll come up with a fun way to use that.
- Lea & Perrins Marinade in a Bag -- we've had this available a LOT at pantry, for the past few months, and I love it.
- Sure-Jell -- so at some point, I'll get a bunch of fruit that needs to be used NOW and I'll get to make jam.
This was a great pantry trip.