The Bigs' school runs a food bank drive every year in December. The first week of the drive is a competition between classrooms. The classroom that hauls in the most donations wins a pizza party. It's a pretty stiff competition, too. Some of the teachers encourage their students by matching the donations they bring in. #1 took about three cans to school every day of the drive last year. They were running out of room in the classroom, and his teacher was starting to worry about how much it was going to cost her to match it. They ended up coming in second place!
The second week of the drive, students go door to door around town collecting donations. Their gym looked like a small grocery store when they were done. It was an amazing accomplishment!
This year it's an even stiffer competition. #2 just happens to have the same teacher #1 had last year. And #1 just happens to have the teacher whose class won last year. The pressure is on. Starting in my cold room. lol.
Last year I suggested a few things that I wouldn't miss to #1. After he took those items, he helped himself to a couple of cans of whatever he felt like. He didn't make too much of a dent in our supplies, but it was noticeable.
This year, this morning, I went to the cold room with them and picked out a variety of items that I won't miss.
So I told the boys to take what they wanted out of this selection. If they haul it all off to school before the end of the drive I'll have to pick out another box full of goodies.
I told the boys to ask when the food bank pick up would be, or if the school has any freezer room. I have two store bought turkeys that I bought on sale, probably last Easter., that I'd be happy to donate. I told them to ask if home canned goods would be accepted as well.
Please support your local food bank.
A long, long, time ago, when #1 was just a baby, and #2 was on his way, we were in a car accident. Husband suffered acute whiplash and was off work for several months. We had no food storage. We had no savings. The food bank saved us. It could happen to any of us. Please give.