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Food Pantry or Food Banks Feed America's Hungry

Updated on February 10, 2018

Food Bank

Food Pantry/Bank Feed America
Food Pantry/Bank Feed America | Source

How Can You Help

Food pantries need our help, more and more people are going hungry. It's too bad when you see all the food that is wasted. Give money, time or food. Parents are losing their jobs and have no other way to feed their children. Unemployment runs out then they are really in big trouble.

Many seniors also need this food. Their small incomes isn't enough to last them through the month and many run out of money by the end of the month.

My Dad was military he received his income once a month. My mom would feed us cornbread and milk by the last day of the month. They would even freeze our milk to make sure there was enough to last through the month, with five kids in the family they had to do something to help food last. There are also military families that need this extra help.

Organize food drives at church, work, club or school.

Volunteer at the food pantry

Purchase food to donate to the pantry pickup, extra food when you do your shopping.

Give money

Use Coupons to help buy food for the Food Pantry


Food Drives

Anything can be given but if you see a food drive going on and bins in your community non-perishable, items should be given.


Canned food


Peanut butter

Baby food



Dry beans

Cake mixes for children that never get to have a birthday cake.

Rice/rice dinners

Emergency Food Pantry

Numbers have dramatically increased at our food pantry.

When parents look into the eyes of their children and see hunger, tough times take on a complete new meaning.

Donations are down because everyone is having hard times.

In our community requirements to qualify for food pantry groceries are minimal. A current utility bill and a form stating a family's income is about all that is required to be eligible to use the pantry. This is how they do it here, may be different in other cities.

Families must meet the poverty requirements to qualify for food pantry groceries in a regular food pantry or bank.

The amount of groceries a family receives depends on how many people are in the household. People from every age group and families made up of children, seniors and singles are using the pantry.

In my opinion no one should be turned away but that’s just me. If you go to the pantry, you're hungry no matter your income, you should be able to get food. What if you have no income at all how do you prove that? How do you show a utility bill if you’re living in a car?

There are some communities that have an emergency food pantry, no income requirements needed. Many of the churches here give food and no one is turned away.

Hunting shack
Hunting shack | Source

Donate Vegetables From Garden

Choices of food vary throughout the year. Fresh produce is available in the summer. People can donate vegetables from their garden.

DNR donates venison to the pantry, a commodity people love. Meat has to be x-rayed to make sure it is safe. Many hunters will leave their deer for the pantry.

When people come to get food they're ask to bring a box or basket. Food given away helps families for about 3 days. Families can visit twice a month.

I'm sure all pantries are going through what our pantry is an increase in need and less donations.

I have friends that complain because their grown kids are having hard times and they have to at least feed them dinner. They complain about how their food bill has gone up. I could feed at least two hungry people off the street and it wouldn't make much difference in my food bill so I don't see the complaining at all. It seems everyone can put one extra child up to their table without it making much difference in the money out of their pocket.

Why would you complain about feeding your own family?

Winter months are coming and with gas prices it will be even harder for families to keep ahead.

I put this hub up in 11/17/08 it doesn't get many hits. It may be because it's just not a good hub or it may be because people just don't want to talk about hunger in America.

Our son sees kids come to school with very little lunch. The parents don't buy the lunches because they can't even afford the $1.98 for the lunch. These are parents that are struggling but are not on welfare. He has often bought a lunch for a child when he sees they have nothing much to eat.

Let's all try to help the hungry this Thanksgiving and Christmas especially. If you can please help all year long.


Kids At School

Kids at school do get breakfast for free here. Food pantries help feed these kids at home. I'm sure they get very hungry during week-ends and holidays. What do they do in the summer? Many people here are out of work and now there are rumors that the paper mill which has been here forever will be closing if it's not sold. They may even close it before it's sold. That will be over 400 people out of work. That is a lot for this small town.

Post Office

My husband worked for the USPO and once a year they would collect food items, customers would put the items in their mailboxes. He said his car would be full when he would get back from his route. It is a volunteer program for carriers. It's another way for the public to give to the hungry and not have to leave the comfort of their home.


With opioid epidemic many children have parents that can’t or just don’t feed them. Many parents are struggling because businesse have layed people off. Children get food in school but not on the weekend.

Rhinelander, Wisconsin has a program that sends backpacks filled with food home with children on Friday.

© 2008 moonlake


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    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from America

      rebeccamealey, Thanks for coming by. That's to bad about your drive not working. It should have. I appreciate your comment.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from America

      Deborah-Diane, Thanks for stopping by and thanks for posting to your board.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      7 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for this Moonlake. A few years ago I tried to organize a food bank drive on the job at Christmas. About all I got was a big canister of used cinnamon. I don't work there any more.

    • Deborah-Diane profile image


      7 years ago from Orange County, California

      I was just watching the news and hearing about a local food drive. So many children who get free lunches during the school year, go hungry in the summer if their families are short of money for food. I am posting this to my "Interesting Articles" board. I hope it gets more attention!

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from America

      Billrrrr, Our food pantries are always asking for food. They can't keep up with the demand. The people that come really do need the food but there will always be a few that do not but come because it is free. I think it is shameful when someone does that. Thank you so much for coming by I appreicate it.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from America

      phdast7, Thank you Theresa. Most of us can share a little of what we have without complaint. I know there are many in our town that don't have even a small amount to share. Thanks so much for coming by and for the share.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from America

      Paul Kuehn, Our food pantries are full of every kind of food you can think of run by volunteers. Your right no one should starve. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote, share, pin and tweet.

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      Bill Russo 

      7 years ago from Cape Cod

      From Nantucket Sound and the island of Cape Cod, Hello Moonlake.

      A three million dollar mansion is across the street from my humble two bedroom cottage by the sea.

      Down the street, $100,000 shanties sit beside multi million dollar playtime palaces.

      This is the Cape Cod of the 2000s - the wealth of the Kennedy clan on one side of the street and the poverty of senior citizens and low wage-earners on the other.

      Most of the good part time jobs and seasonal full time work, go to subsidized foreign workers who are paid to come here and then paid to work! Their lodgings are part of their pay. Our population in the Summer swells from 200,000 to millions - and billions of dollars are spent.

      How does this relate to food pantries? There are two within five miles of my cottage. I have talked to the volunteers and sometimes it is a struggle for them to give away all the food they have!!!!!! There is plenty of food available and yet people are not taking advantage of the pantries. I do not know why, I am just telling you what I have been told by several volunteers. I guess they have to do as good a job promoting themselves as they do at getting food.

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      Theresa Ast 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      moonlake - A useful essay and an important reminder to all of us to share what we have. Times have been tight, but still most of us can afford to share food with those who have little to eat. Blessings. Sharing. Theresa

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      7 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      This is a very useful hub which everyone should read. No one, especially the very young and the very old, should be allowed to starve in the United States. Many small towns in the area around our old farm in southeastern Wisconsin still have food pantries which consist mostly of baked goods like bread and rolls. You can always find these pantries in the Saint Vincent DePaul stores. Voted up as interesting. Sharing with followers, and Pinning and Tweeting.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from America

      Deborah-Diane, Thank you and thank you so much for stopping by.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from America

      Peggy W, Thanks for stopping by no one in this country should ever go hungry. I appreciate the link, share and vote.

    • Deborah-Diane profile image


      7 years ago from Orange County, California

      Thank you so much for the reminder that we can all help the less fortunate by contributing to our local food banks ... and how urgent the need is.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is a wonderful hub and a reminder for those of us who have enough food each day that there are others who are not so fortunate. I added a link from this hub to mine titled Why is there Food Starvation in America?

      The boy scouts in our area recently left a notice that on a certain Saturday they would come by our homes to pick up donated food. We were more than happy to fill a bag. We also have red barrels in many of our grocery stores. So easy to put a can of beans or some dried pasta in it when we exit the store. There are many volunteers from food pantries happy to pick it up and get it to where it will serve the hungry people in need of such help. Sad situation but one in which we can all take a part to make it better. Up and useful votes! Sharing.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from America

      JayeWisdom, My husband was a postman. He use to pick up the bags but he said there were some carriers that wouldn't pick them up. It was left up to the postman if they wanted to do it. I see no reason why anyone wouldn't want to do that. Thanks, so much for stopping by.

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      Jaye Denman 

      8 years ago from Deep South, USA

      AARP sponsored a food drive for the hungry last Saturday (May 12), and grocery bags (provided in advance) filled with non-perishable food and left near the home's mailbox, were picked up by the USPS postal carriers that day. It was a great opportunity to give to those in need, and the pickup made it so easy. No one should go hungry.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from America

      jpcmc, You are so right. Thank you,for stopping by and reading my hub.

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      JP Carlos 

      8 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I believe that we are all blessed to become blessing to others.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from America


      I agree with you and I did just see on tv where restaurants were giving food for pigs, I think it was but I can't remember what show it was on. It's ashame more can't be done even if it was just a cup soup and piece of bread. I remember my Mom giving food to bums that traveled on the trains, many were men looking for work. She maybe could only spare a piece of bread but she gave it when she could.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      9 years ago from Florida

      This Hub will never go out of date as long as we have hungry people to feed. It makes me sick when I see restaurants throwing out good food that is left over. I have mentioned it a couple of times and was told because of health regulations, they are not allowed to give food away. I don't buy that. There are farms that could use the food for their hogs and cattle, if not for people. Bye....

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from America

      Thanks for comments..Some good ideas wannabwestern. I think we just don't realize how hungry some people are without them telling anyone or talking. I know growing up as a military family we were paid once a month by the end of the month we were eating cornbread and milk for dinner. I often wonder if military families still have this problem.

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      Carolyn Augustine 

      12 years ago from Iowa

      I had an elderly friend who was visiting the pantry regularly. Older people on fixed incomes are hit even harder in inflationary times, but it is true that poverty has many myths. My daughter's school in Wickenburg hosted free meals during the summer months for breakfast and lunch because lots of kids suffer neglect or abysmal poverty and get little or nothing to eat at home. Thanks for the reminder to share. My family is lucky enough to have it. Also, clip coupons if you can because it is so simple to get free groceries. If you have a friend who is out of work, invite them to dinner or simply drop a bag of groceries by with the explanation that you bought too much and just couldn't find room. :)

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from America

      Very good idea thanks for posting..

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      Rebecca Graf 

      12 years ago from Wisconsin

      Food pantries tend to get forgotten. Please don't forget them the rest of the year, too. Try to keep a paperbag in a your pantry and put an item in each time you go to the store. It will fill up quickly and you'll be helping out all through the year.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from America

      Thanks Barbie for stopping by always enjoy everyones visits to my hubs.

    • Barbie-Perkins profile image


      12 years ago from Cincinnati, OH


      Thanksgiving is wonderful reminder to reach out to others in love. Thanks for sharing the details of giving to some organizations that most of us don't know about.

      ~ Barbie Perkins

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from America

      Thanks for posting hot dorkage and justmesuzanne. Victory garden sounds great.

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      12 years ago from Texas

      Well done! This is an interesting and informative article that gives people some good ideas for enriching the holidays for others! :)

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      hot dorkage 

      12 years ago from Oregon, USA

      victory gardens! Everyone who has any access to any sun should start one. On a roof, a windowsill, away from your main residence, any place anything green will grow.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from America

      Thank you seamist for comment.

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      12 years ago from Northern Minnesota

      Great hub, moonlake. In these times especially, it's good to think of others.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from America

      Thanks for stopping by. You are so right I think it will get worse.

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      12 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

      It is so sad, but true. I'm afraid with today's economy it's only going to get worse. Great hub!

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from America

      Thanks JenArt your so right each pantry has their own rules as to what they will take.

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      12 years ago

      Excellent reminder. A good tip is to contact the agency first as some do have restrictions, ie canned goods only, no glass, nothing perishable, etc.

      Definitely picking up a few extra boxes of pasta and sauce when they are on sale won't be that big of difference in your grocery bill, but could mean a meal for another family.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from America

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Scottie JD 

      12 years ago

      What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving, than to share with others. Great article


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