One enormous benefit of saving big at the store and scoring free stuff is having extra in your stockpile to share with those less fortunate!
Each spring, we like to bring awareness to the potential we have to bless others right out of our own stockpile.
One easy way to begin is to place a donation box in your garage or wherever you keep most of your stockpile. Use this as a catchall for items you intend to donate. If your stockpile is scattered throughout the house, consider using a few smaller boxes (one for food and one for non-food). If you happen to overbuy and discover items that will expire before you will use them up, add them to your box. Then promptly deliver your donations to a food bank, church, family, or neighbor in need.
To find a food bank near you, check out Feeding America. Make sure to check the food bank hours and find out what their greatest needs are. Below you will find a list of common donatable items. Don’t forget the most commonly needed resource, volunteering your time to help those in need! Especially if you don’t have a padded stockpile built up just yet!
Each March, my local church participates in a donation program named “Feed the Bay.” It is an opportunity for the community and church to come together as one body of Christ and fill the food pantries of Hillsborough county.
Blessings can happen ANY time and ANY where!
We identify Inexpensive Easily Donatable Items on every one of our lists!
All year, just look for our True Couponing Shopping Cart & True Deal images next to items that are great deals when paired with coupons.
For a few weeks every March, you will find a heart on those same icons, highlighting any items that are easy to donate at those “Stock Up” prices. We would love for you to take these few weeks and stock up, and then donate them to your own church’s food pantry or local shelter.
Here is a list of items that are great to donate:
|Meals in a can||Pasta/Macaroni|
|Canned Stew||Boxed Macaroni & Cheese|
|Spaghetti Sauce||Boxed or Bagged Cereals|
|Canned Chili||Ramen Noodles|
|Canned Sloppy Joe||Grits (Instant)|
|Canned Meats, Poultry, Fish||Oatmeal (Instant)|
|Peanut Butter (plastic jar)||Grain Crackers|
|Dried Beans||Cake Mix|
|Jelly (plastic jar)||Deodorant|
|Coffee||Bar or Liquid Soap|
|Canned Fruits||Feminine Products|
|Canned Juice||Body Powder|
|Plastic Bottled Juices||Baby Powder|
|Non-Fat Dry Milk||Diapers|
|Evaporated Milk||Baby Wipes|
Click HERE for a printable list of items for donation and pick up a couple of extra items as you do your regular grocery shopping.
(all these items that are at Stock Up prices will be marked with our heart surrounded images on each of our Weekly Store Lists for the next few weeks)
Have kids? Don’t miss out on this perfect “teaching moment”. What a great way to show our children how we can truly help someone in need! Take a few photos when you drop the stuff off and send us your photos! We will feature them on the website as one of our testimonies to inspire others!
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