Top 10 items to donate to the foodbank!

I’ve been seeing this list floating around for quite some time with different people taking “ownership” of it so not sure who to give credit too….but I really think it’s great to put this out there….I’m doing a ginger bread house thing the week before Christmas and would love if everyone attending followed this:

1. Spices

Much of the food donated to food banks comes in the form of canned goods, rice and other long-lasting but somewhat bland items. So naturally, adding flavor via spices is quite helpful. Oregeno, basil, allspice, mixed Italian seasoning, cumin, chili powder, salts and peppers all go a long way to making everything taste better.

2. Feminine Products

Buying bulk quantities of pads, tampons and panty liners for donation is a wonderful way to help food-bank patrons get important help they may be embarrassed to ask for.

3. Canned Meats and Jerky

Some of the volunteers reported that giving their patrons enough protein can sometimes be challenging.

4. Baby Food and Supplies

Do we even have to say anything else here? Baby food, diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, soaps and shampoos are always wonderful things to donate.

5. Toiletries

As one volunteer explains, “The ladies who ran [the local food bank] told me that they wished they received more toilet paper and basic toiletries like toothpaste. She said that many of the people who used the food pantry were also on Food Stamp programs, and those programs [in some areas] do not allow for people to buy toilet paper or any non-food items.”

6. Soup Packets

Sometimes it’s hard to make full meals out of the items picked up out of a food bank. Hearty soups solve that problem quite handily.

7. Can Openers / Dish Soap

It’s very difficult to open canned goods without a can opener. Luckily, good ones can be had for relatively little money. Dish soap and other basic cleaning supplies are also in demand.

8. Chocolate

Of course, it’s not essential. But wouldn’t you like to have the tiny luxury of a little dessert along with your meal once in a while?

9. Socks

Proper foot care is more important than many people realize, and often very difficult for homeless people. A clean pair of socks can really help make somebody’s day better.

10. Cash

It’s obvious, but it’s so important it’s worth restating: Cash donations are very helpful to local food banks because it lets them buy the exact items they are short on at any given time.



So I had the pleasure of attending a Permaculture event a few weeks ago and I ended up buying a Scoby from a really great guy named Rob.

My first batch….pretty freaking tasty! made some blueberry flavoured and some ginger…..I’m a bit nervous about the next batch but we’ll see how it works out…


Let food be thy medicine

This is my grocer and he is an amazing upstanding guy….I made a decision a long time ago to not buy anything from anyone (99%) unless I trust the proprietor or farmer and this is a dude you can trust. People have a family doctor..a dentist…an accountant…yet don’t even think of ever forming a relationship with their grocer…who they deal with every week! Try him out, you won’t be disappointed, Edmonton Journal Article

Dumpster Diving and local

Why hello my non-existing internet friends. Weekend was pretty fun, Jnel and a handful of errands this weekend. Even got up really early Sunday morning for a nice brisk jog. So much snow!

On Sunday we saw a presentation at the library by a very good presenter named Jessie from http://www.live-local.ca/, Janelle and I are pretty much stereotype farmers market/local people but it was still quite good. I’ve always had trouble reconciling “what is local” more than anything.

I went and did some dumpster diving on the way home…found a few thousand dollars of brand new clothes ripped/cut up….I wish I could say that this was unusual but this particular dumpster (behind a Canadian owned store if not local) makes a habit of doing this. I’ve decided to start salvaging everything in there and repairing it and hopefully being able to distribute it to those in need…why this company couldn’t do something similar instead of having a minimum wage worker take a pair of scissors to them and toss them out is beyond me….:( But it did get me thinking that you wouldn’t see a local or small business owner do that…it’s only a huge national company who could see a benefit to tossing thousands of dollars of clothes on a near weekly basis (for the last several years)

It’s a shame….people we tell about this don’t even believe it and just assue it must have been accidentally torn and THEN thrown out….irony going through the front door these coveralls would cost over $200