Today, my 14 year old son, Jack, and I made our way to The Quinn House where we delivered 8 full bags of groceries. All items I obtained for free or almost free via couponing. (Except for the one giant bag of Halloween candy which we did get for free via the generosity of our neighbors but I didn’t coupon for it. Instead I dressed my kids up and sent them door to door and look at all the candy they brought home ).
The Quinn House is a local organization that helps homeless families and operates a food bank. If you live in Lawrenceville and are interested in donating food items check it out http://www.thequinnhouse.com. They need items year round and not just during the holidays.
We were met at the door by a Quinn House resident who was very appreciative and both Jack and I returned to the car with big smiles on our faces. Previously I have donated my couponed goods to food drives and the like. I have not delivered directly to the food bank and seen where these items are going. It felt good to donate and I was glad Jack felt good too.
It got me thinking that I need to make giving part of my children’s daily lives. What do you do to teach your children about giving to others in need? I’d love to get some ideas.
Peace Out Coupon Scout,
I did a very unscientific survey online of items that Food Banks need. Here is what I came up with. Interestingly, you can extreme coupon to get many of these items.
Baby items – such as formula, baby food, diapers
Baking Supplies – flour, sugar, oil, vanilla, seasonings, etc
Beans, canned & dried
Cake mix & frosting
Canned meals such as chili, soup, pasta, Pork & Beans
Canned meats such as chicken, tuna
Cereal, Cold & Hot
Condiments – ketchup, mayo, mustard
Coffee and tea (including iced tea mix)
100% Fruit Juice
Kid friendly convenience foods, like granola bars, individual apple sauces,fruit snacks
Macaroni & cheese
Processed cheese spread
Remember, people can’t buy non-food items with food stamps, so even if they are also getting food stamp assistance, items such as the following will come in handy:
Razors and shaving cream
There was one other common theme on the websites. As we near the holidays, many people will be donating to food pantries. Many pantries then run out of items by summer. Couponing for good entails the constant picking up of those few extra items each week while at the store….allowing us to give year round and not just as we near the holidays….just one more reason to coupon for good!
What items have you found to donate this week?
Peace Out Coupon Scout.