Think Globally, Act Locally: Social Responsibility
This year Deep Cove School is taking on a different tack… We are focusing on the needs of our local community by way of the Lions Club Food Bank in Sidney. Traditionally, the Hot Lunch crew has asked for donations for the food bank on Hot Lunch Days. Considering the recent CBC news enlightenment that one out of every 7 families in Victoria state they don’t have enough to eat, and the fact that 30% of the Food Bank population are children, we need to do more. Classroom teachers have agreed to accept items for the Food Bank ANY DAY OF THE WEEK. Each class will receive a plastic tub as a receptacle to collect food brought in during the week and these tubs will be weighed every Friday (or Monday morning if Friday is a holiday or NID). The Food Bank committee will keep track of how many pounds/kilos we collect, making this a fun, challenging and worthwhile activity.
Did you know that Food Banks does not just collect food? The following is taken from an article passed on to me…
Some items are in high demand at the food bank and you may not realize it. Since these items are not essentials, the staff doesn’t publicly ask for them. A survey on Reddit.com asked volunteers what items people would be most appreciative of and we have listed the top 10.
Think about it. People who rely on the food bank eat a lot of canned food, rice, oatmeal, white bread, etc. They love spices. Seasoned salt, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, oregano, basil and so on.
2. Feminine Products.
Can you imagine being worried about affording these? Pads, tampons, panty liners, etc. Recommended: Buy in bulk at Costco for donating.
People do not need it, but think about being in their shoes and how nice it would be to be given a chocolate bar or brownie mix along with your essentials.
Grocery stores are great about donating surplus or unsold food, but they have no reason to donate toilet paper, tooth paste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, etc. Food stamps often don’t cover these.
5. Canned meats and jerky.
This isn’t true of all food banks, but some struggle to give users enough protein.
6. Crackers and tortillas.
They do not spoil and everybody likes them.
7. Baby toiletries.
Diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, baby shampoo, baby soap, baby food, bottles, etc.
8. Soup packets.
Sometimes you look at rice, beans, instant potatoes, and cans of vegetable and think, “What do I make with this?” A hearty soup is a complete meal.
From a former homeless person: “Socks mean the world to you. They keep you warm, make you feel like you have something new, and just comfort you.”
10. Canned fruit other than pineapple.
Food banks get a lot of pineapple donated. Their clients love it when other kinds of fruit are available.
Interesting! The Food Bank drive begins as soon as you receive this request… That means now! The members of the Food Bank Committee wish to thank Deep Cove staff and families for your support in this endeavour.
Cathy Challinor Johanne Chouinard Sarah Haugen