19 August 2009

"There's so much that we need to share..." --Supertramp

One of the nice things about where I work is that they do food collections for the area food bank. What's a food bank? It's a place that gives away food. You're hungry and can't afford food? They feed you. Oh, sure, you may have to fill out a 17 page form, but, still... Cool, right?

I think I've been pretty consistent on my pro-food stance. Check my record. I have never been anti-food. No waffling here! Wait, waffles are good, too. I'm more of a pancake gal, but live and let live.

Here's the collection box for the food bank:

Looks like people have been generous. Let's take a closer look...

Lots of soup in a cup style meals. Well, that's easy, I suppose. Plus, no going stale here.

Hm... is that...?

And that...?
And that...?

Nutrisystem? Somebody ordered Nutrisystem food and is now giving it away to needy people?

Maybe we'll cease to be the only country in the world with overweight poor people.


Barbara said...

I did this for years when I worked at my office in the ghetto. The only requirement was "nonperishable". When one mom described to me how she stretched a package of chicken necks, I realized that family would welcome just about anything to eat.

f.B said...

It is definitely true that some is better than none. But I wonder where the line is for it not really being "giving" if it means nothing or is something you'd otherwise put in the trash.

Jamie said...

The box at my office is filled with paper towels and toilet paper. I'm at a loss.

Mike said...

I think this is just a blip on the radar screen normally filled with generic mac and cheese boxes.

Liebchen said...

I guess that's better than just throwing out the NutriSystem food though...right?

The Bug said...

Yep - our church gives away food & I've donated my share of mac & cheese & powdered milk (& tuna - tuna noodle casserole anyone?). We never got diet food that I recall - definitely an interesting concept!

About sweet breakfast foods? French Toast wins, hands down!

Little Ms Blogger said...

I worked in a food bank and I remember rice and dried beans were ALWAYS appreciated.

Love the Nutrisystem food. You have to admit, probably the most expensive donation in that box.

Tina said...

I always give baby formula (both powdered and the canned liquid) that stuff is brutally expensive and a lot of poorer families end up having to try to stretch it by watering it down which is reeeeealllly bad for the babies.

Dmbosstone said...

Looks like Dan Marino is packing on the pounds again!

Kate said...

Oh, good grief. Nutrisystem, people? Seriously?

Not to mention, I bet what was spent on the Nutrisystem could have bought a whole lot more regular food. But I guess it's good that person (or people) gave what they could.

Alice said...

the theory i concocted for this is that someone found out her husband/bf was cheating on her, grabbed his entire stock of expensive nutrisystem meals, and donated them to your box. before kicking him out of the house.

Lusty Reader said...

i dunno, i saw this as sort of a negative commercial like, "nutrisystem is so gross you'll want to give it away!"

Kate said...

I'm with the whole "at least they didn't throw it away" crowd. But also with the "They could have bought a whole lot of normal food with that money" crowd also. When I give food to the food pantry, I make sure to give something other than the usual peanut butter, tuna and soups. I figure just because you're poor doesn't mean you have to eat crap. Considering I volunteered at the local food bank in NC when the Dead Guy and I could have qualified for free food, I consider myself to be very, very fortunate.

lacochran said...

Barbara: Thanks for giving.

f.B: One man's trash is another man's treasure. The value is in the eyes of the receiver, yes?

Jamie: High fiber diet?

Mike: I think you're probably right.

Liebchen: Right!

The Bug: Oooo, french toast! Thanks for giving.

Little Ms Blogger: Thanks for serving the hungry. And, that would be my guess as well.

Tina: Good idea! Thanks for giving.

Dmbosstone: Ha! Good one.

Kate: I guess.

Alice: What a great theory!

Lusty Reader: You may be right. I've never tried it.

Kate: Thanks for giving (of your food and your time and energy.)