Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Cupboard Was Bare

Like most communities, Astoria has an emergency food pantry which provides supplemental food to those in need. At the urging of a friend, I recently signed on as a volunteer, so once a week I help by restocking the shelves with canned goods prior to the Friday afternoon distribution. While attempting to complete my restocking mission last week, I was reminded of the following nursery rhyme: “Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to fetch her poor dog a bone; but when she came there the cupboard was bare, and so the poor dog had none.” I felt much like Ms. Hubbard because when I went to the storage room to get food, there was none there!

As you might expect, the demand for supplemental food has never been greater. If you are wondering what you could do to help out, consider making a cash donation to you local food pantry. On the other had, if you prefer to give food, peanut butter, tuna fish, or canned fruits are always in demand. It’s never a bad idea to just pick up the phone and call your food pantry and see if they have other specific needs.

This is also a time to give from the heart, so as much as you want to rid your kitchen cupboards of that old jar of sauerkraut, please think again. Now before you say hey, is a Ruben sandwich is complete without sauerkraut? Consider the likelihood of someone who depends upon supplemental food and their ability to obtain corned beef and Swiss cheese. To the other defenders of a sauerkraut donation, yes I am aware that it was consumed by sailors in the 1800s because it is rich in vitamin C and thus prevented scurvy. However, during a recent visit to my doctor, I asked him how often he treats patients with scurvy; to which he responded, never!

Yes, I agree that at times the needs of the many are overwhelming and we can never meet all of them but to just help a few is far better than nothing!


Paul said...

Steve, a very good post. That gives me an idea. I think that I'll make some donations to the food bank this year. I'd also like to go an volunteer. I'll have to look it up!

Amy said...

Our non-profit staff donated around $250 to our local Foodbank this week in lieu of doing an office Secret Santa. The arts (our work) are struggling, but there are many who cannot put food on the table. At least I have a job, a home, and food.

Thanks for the challenge, Steve!

Shelby said...

excellent post.. we can't help them all, but there's always one to help. cheers :)

Rhea said...

I am a pretty charitable person, but right now it mostly takes the form of check writing. I think you've inspired me to actually go somewhere and DO SOMETHING.