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Stamp out Hunger

May 10th, 2008 at 09:29 am

Today is the annual Stamp out Hunger drive put on by the post office. You are supposed to put non-perishable food out by your mailbox and your letter carrier will pick it up for donation to a local food pantry.

I live in a condo with around 40 condos (it was built in two phases and I'm not sure how many are in the 2nd phase). For the second year in row, we're the only condo to put food out by the mailboxes!! This really bothers me. I know the economy is tough right now and affecting a lot of people, but isn't that enough to drive you to dig through your cupboards and find a can of soup or veggies that you could donate to someone more needy?

I never feel I do enough to help hungry people and that bothers me. I think this would be a charity I would most like to donate to and I should make a bigger effort to do so on a regular basis. I'm a frugal shopper and LOVE the challenge of finding a good deal. It's such a thrill for me. Maybe I should turn this thrill into something really beneficial. I need to find out where my local food bank is though!!

I think I'm fortunate. I have a roof over my head and I can pay my bills and buy food. Yeah, I have credit card debt that I'm slowly plugging away at and savings I'm slowly trying to build. It just kills me to know there are people nearby that really honestly can't even afford food.

6 Responses to “Stamp out Hunger”

  1. mom-sense Says:

    I was up with a sick three year old and was watching CNN in the middle of the night and there was a shocking story about how the donations to food banks are down 60% while the amount of people using these services is up 70%!!

    Thanks for reminding us of this, I am going to find some canned goods to put out right now! At least there will be a few less hungry people after this food drive.

  2. aevans1206 Says:

    Good call! Local food depository, here I come. I feel we are immensely blessed considering these tough times. We should be giving back.

  3. Ima saver Says:

    Ou local food bank was almost empty a few months ago so I purchased several bags of food to take into the food bank. On my birthday at Thanksgiving, a new on line friend gave me a surprise birthday party. Instead of gifts, everyone gave me food for the food bank . I had two large grocery baskets full of food. I always give to the post office collection day.

  4. luxlivingfrugalis Says:

    I put mine out early this morning. But, I put mine inside my mailbox. We're rural. I'm wondering if maybe some of your neighbors put theirs inside the mailbox instead of beside it?

  5. baselle Says:

    I put my donation in my mailbox also. Since everyone else seems to give soup or canned veggies, I donated tuna. Big Grin That's the lovely side effect of stockpiling a bit - you have some to share. Also, you never know, your neighbors might actually be using the food bank themselves.

  6. dmontngrey Says:

    We can't put the food donations in the mailbox since we live in a condo and have those small boxes all grouped together. You know, the ones that lock.
    I'm sure some of my neighbors might need to use the food bank themselves, but I know a bunch of them don't! NOBODY else here can even come up with a can to donate?
    Thanks to you guys who were able to support it and also to those who maybe can't right now but would if they could!! Even just the thought of wanting to donate makes me feel better about my neighbors that wont.

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