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  •  When you’re broke and hungry, you’re grateful (17+ / 0-)

    for anything.

    I was unemployed (barely paying rent) about four or five years ago. In Seattle. There were three food banks I could go to. A fourth food bank wouldn’t let me in because I lived in a zip code they didn’t serve, so that was a waste of a bus ride). When you want help from a food bank, and don’t have a car, you have to take a bus or walk there . Every food bank has rules you have to follow.

    The Salvation Army was actually very good, probably my favorite. They were open weekdays (five days a week). You could always get very good day-old bread, and a selection of vegetables and fruits. Sometimes you could get meat (frozen fish or whatever). And the people who worked there were nice. They knew when the good stuff would come in (Tuesdays or Fridays or whatever). Once a month they’d let you get pasta and canned food and rice and other staples. You’d sign in at the desk and tell them if you were getting the once-a-month deal.

    The Pike Place Market food bank was open only one day a week. If the bus was running late, you’d miss the window  (open 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, or something like that) and you’d get nothing. Sometimes they’d have good stuff. But you had to show your drivers license and be in the right zip code. And sign your name. Certain things were rationed. You can have a can of tuna or a frozen salmon patty. A candy bar or an energy bar.

    The third food bank didn’t care if you had an ID card. They didn’t keep track. They had a lot of donated food. And they had hot meals for homeless people and coffee. Sometimes there were 500 bags of pasta (exactly the same) and sometimes they had a basket of donated jellies and jams (many of them with expiration dates in the past). They had a pretty good selection of things like lentils and dried beans. They weren’t so good on vegetables and fruits.

    “If you misspell some words, it’s not plagiarism.” – Some Writer

    by Dbug on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 11:00:32 PM PST

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