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“Local Produce for Local Food Banks”

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This July 16, 2015 segment on the WNEP-16 News Station talks about how the delay in passing a state budget is impacting a program for connecting farmers with food banks to not only make fresh produce more readily available, but to decrease waste of said produce by decreasing the amount of transporting involved in getting produce to food banks.

I do realize this isn’t exactly a mental health issue, but for the people who rely on help from food banks, having reliable access to food and not worrying as much about where their next meal is coming from can have an impact on their mental health and whether they are able to have the nutrients needed to keep going despite their financial struggles as they try to overcome their situations.

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“Food Stamp Cuts, Cold Weather Put Extra Strain On Food Pantries”

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This January 28, 2014 NPR: The Salt article talks about the domino effect that occurs as temperatures drop causing heating bills to rise and for some a shortage of food because they have to shift money from their food budget to their heating budget leaving more people turning to food banks for help.

 

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“Stamp Out Hunger”

This is something I’m going to be doing on Saturday, May 9, 2009, it’s easy to do and I can get rid of those odds and ends I have in my cupboards that I bought thinking I would use them but haven’t gotten around to it for whatever reason. ¬†This is a program where you put non-perishable items in a bag on your mailbox and then your mail carrier will pick it up and make sure it gets delivered to a food bank in your local area.

Here’s the link where you can learn more about it …¬†http://www.helpstampouthunger.com/

Ideas you might use if you want to buy something to put out but don’t want to spend a lot ….

  • Use a coupon for an item you think someone else could use
  • Take advantage of buy one get one sale items, these would enable you to purchase something you can use and give you an extra that you can put out with your mail.
  • If you got a food “basket” from a food bank or other agency, and found items that you know your family won’t use, consider putting those unwanted items out for pickup, not only will you make room in your cupboard, but you’ll be recycling the item so maybe someone who will use it can have a chance to receive it.

Whatever you decide to do, know that you don’t have to put out bags and bags of food, you could just put out one or two items if that’s what you have or can afford, go with what you are able to spare because every little bit helps and if everyone put out one or two items, it could make a world of difference to someone else.

Not to mention the added benefit of getting that warm fuzzy feeling people get inside them from doing something to help others.

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