I learned something today - that is, that the spring is a time of great need at food pantries. This stems partially from the many donations received at the holidays and the slower demand placed on the pantries in the summer due to the availability of other feeding programs. There is a great need to bridge this gap period.
As you go about your “spring cleaning”, sorting out your cabinets, reorganizing your pantry closet, getting rid of items that are not certified as Kosher for Passover, etc., consider donating them to your local food pantry (nonperishables only). Of course, please make certain that items are not expired, not opened or damaged, and not spoiled. Items like peanut butter, soup, canned tuna/chicken/beef stew, beans, vegetables and whole grain pastas and cereals all can help provide much needed nutrition. Some pantries accept pet food to help keep pets fed as well. Don’t forget about hygiene products, diapers, laundry and dish soap, and even household cleaners as they can be expensive items.
Hunger is something that happens in communities of all sizes and economic backgrounds. You might be surprised who benefits from a food pantry: college students, single parents, senior citizens, the unemployed, working families needing to stretch their budgets, and more. You can make a difference.
This information is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations to any individual. Seek professional advice before taking any action in regard to your finances.
Todd A. Slingerland, CFP®
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