The Time for Giving

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As we enter the season of giving, we are reminded that there are many around us who are in need of even basic necessities. Thanks to many wonderful organizations that aim to help those in need while bringing joy and hope, we have many opportunities to take part and help pour back into our communities.
We recently stumbled upon some helpful information that provides guidance and a better understanding of how to help those in need. This way we are able to be more intentional and aware when selecting items to donate.
  • Many people donate Kraft Mac and Cheese in the box. However, these are difficult to make without milk and butter, which are difficult to get from regular food banks.
  • Boxed milk is a treasure, as kids need it for cereal which they also get a lot of.
  • When donating canned veggies and soup, it is helpful to include a can opener or purchase the pop tops.
  • Oil might seem like a luxury but it is often needed to make Rice a-Roni, along with a variety of other meals.
  • Spices or salt and pepper are often looked over but are deeply appreciated.
  • Tea bags and coffee are another special treat to make them feel like you care, especially as it gets colder.
  • Seeds are great in Spring and Summer because it allows for a continuous supply of fresh veggies.
  • Tuna and crackers can make for a good lunch.
  • Hamburger Helper is also often donated but without any ground beef.
  • They get lots of peanut butter and jelly but usually not sandwich bread.
  • Eggs can be a real commodity.
  • Cake mix and frosting makes it possible to make a child’s birthday cake.
  • Dishwashing detergent is very expensive and is always appreciated.
  • Sadly feminine hygiene products are often considered a luxury and would be most appreciated.
If you are looking for a place to donate or volunteer, we have included a couple of wonderful organizations near you, to help you get started:
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program
Romeoville Community Pantry

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