Every November, my children’s Catholic school holds a food drive. Each class is assigned a food to buy and donate to the food drive. At the end of the drive, the class with the most donations wins and gets a NUT pass (NO Uniform Day) or a pizza party.
In the past, I’ve held my tongue about the processed food being donated. Seriously, there are only so many battles I can fight at school. Then, I spoke up this week about starting a collection drive for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. It took a day, but I got permission to get one started.
Now I feel ready to address the issue of donating good, healthy food to the food collection. Why is it okay for me to buy real food for my family, but not for my neighbors who may need the nutrients provided by real food even more than my kids do? Am I truly loving my neighbor as myself when I give them the lesser food?
Since I’ve been sitting on this idea for a year, I’m sharing with you last year’s prices found at Trader Joe’s. I doubt the prices have changed much. While I would prefer to donate real food, I understand that food pantries need food with a good shelf life.
What $10 could buy for a food pantry at Trader Joe’s
box of mashed potatoes – $2.29
organic pasta – $1.29
whole wheat organic pasta – $1.49
organic tomato sauce – $1.49
organic mac and cheese – $1.49
organic applesauce – $2.29
organic peanut butter – $3.99
honey nut o’s – $2.49
regular o’s – $1.99
multigrain o’s – $2.99
If you want to buy and donate fresh fruits and vegetables directly to a food pantry, Trader Joe’s carries a range of reasonably priced conventional and organic fruit, individual and bagged.
Disclosure: My opinion offered is purely my own. Trader Joe’s has no knowledge of my soapbox post.