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Yesterday, four people neglected to pick up their CSA boxes. Four! That meant that I had more than 100 carrots, eight bunches of broccoli, four large bags of potatoes, four large bags of sweet potatoes, four butternut squashes — there was a lot more, but you get the picture. A lot of fresh, organic produce. I took it, as usual, to my church food pantry. Guess what I found when I got there? BOXES and BOXES of food — I was amazed.

The church had put a mention of its Thanksgiving outreach in the Sunday bulletin, and it seems like everyone at church had the great idea to give something. Even folks who aren’t necessarily part of the parish helped out. While I was there unloading my boxes someone from my town’s school district came in with a large manila envelope. It was filled with more than $500 worth of gift cards to supermarkets in the area. The teachers and administration decided to do something amazing for those in need and had collected the cards specifically for the food pantry.

I could tell the church coordinator was overwhelmed with the generosity of our parish and our town — as well as the sheer volume of food. Still, even though she said that everyone who needed a Thanksgiving meal had picked one up, she still accepted my donation and the armloads and bags of donations that continued to come in as I stood there with Little Girl, who was diligently sorting vegetables with me. She has a plan for the overabundance. She will be helping our parish help another parish later today. You see, another church in a less well-off neighborhood is going to be the recipient of the fresh food and vegetables as well as some of the grocery overflow that can’t fit into the pantry.

As I walked out of the door, I felt pretty good. It was really gratifying to see so much REAL food in that church pantry. Produce, non-junky cereals, wholesome stuff that builds people up. It also made me so happy to see so many people helping others. Nameless, faceless others. The need was there, and people stepped up to the plate. (Although my good feeling was dimmed just a little bit by the nasty man who yelled at me because Little Girl didn’t have a coat on. When I explained she refused to wear one, he told me I should make sure to refuse to pay the doctor bill when she got sick! LOL and wow, judgmental much?!?)

Anyway, digressing as always. Thank you, people in my town and church, for renewing my faith in the world. I am truly thankful for all of you and for the good that you have done.

Hope you have a good night, and a wonderful tomorrow. Those in the U.S. should have a great Thanksgiving. And to my overseas friends — there are folks from 121 countries reading this blog! — don’t work too hard!

BTW: This post is how I am participating this week in Real Food Wednesdays and Fight Back Fridays — two awesome campaigns to get people eating real food again.

Finally, if you’ve got an extra second. Scroll down a bit. See that little brown box? Yes, the one about Top Mommy Blogs. Can you give me a click, please? People who find me from that site tend to become loyal readers. The higher I move in the rankings, the more likely it is that people will find me. I’m in the 300s right now…

One Response to “Overabundance at the Food Pantry: Love in Practice”

  1. Rude guy, geesh… Happy Holidays to you too!

    But, great post. So happy to see that people are filled with the spirit of giving and donated so much to your church. That kind of stuff just warms me up :)

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