Food banks

By gregsteele Latest Reply 2010-09-29 10:46:49 -0500
Started 2010-09-04 16:52:25 -0500

while reading the discussion 1st shopping trip it brought to mind that i should share an experience with yall that can be very helpful After being dxd in jan i of course had to change my eating habits and as i stated in my reply to 1st shopping trip i took my food i couldnt eat to our local food bank while there i explained why i brought the stuff i did well the folks there asked if i could help them with a list to be able to fill orders for diabetic people in need which i did so now my point i have begun a food drive hand in hand with many local businesses several stores included asking for donations of diabetic appropriate foods for the food bank i think this is a way to give back in a special way that is not usually addressed so far i have taken about$ 1500.00 worth of food to them and am hoping for $20,000 by the end of sept if it goes well i will do it again to make sure diabetics in need can have plenty of diabetic friendly foods for the holidays anyone that is looking for a way to help might take this idea into consideration love to all GREG

17 replies

Armourer 2010-09-13 19:37:09 -0500 Report

I volunteer at a local food bank, and I've looked over what they have and there are only three items that as a diabetic I can eat (cottage cheese, eggs, peanut butter). However, what they do have is all good stuff, meant to help for a short term only. For most people it is healthy, just not for me cause I don't eat meat and can't eat carbs at all!

Fluffynotfat 2010-09-11 15:32:37 -0500 Report

I'm going to steal your idea and try and get our church, a mission church who feeds the homeless, to provide meals that are not soooo loaded with carbs. I volunteer there and serve the meals every Tuesday evening. I know of several people who eat there regularly are diabetic. Got any suggestions on appropriate meals that our church can afford since carbs are "cheap". We feed about 60-75 people at every service. Thanx.

gregsteele 2010-09-11 16:41:17 -0500 Report

please take it but as JAMES said keep in mind the needs of the homeless as they are different than those of us who have it better love to all GREG

jayabee52 2010-09-11 15:49:13 -0500 Report

You might want to consult a nutritionist before you do that, "Fluffy". I dealt with a lot of homeless when i was in LV NV and they may well need a lot of carbs, especially in the winter. Our church there had 5 - 10 homeless sleeping outside every night. And contrary to popular belief, it DOES get cold in 'Vegas in winter, sometimes down to 30°.

BTW a BIG WELCOME to DC "Fluffy"!

and blessings to you and yours!

GabbyPA 2010-09-11 15:47:50 -0500 Report

Even a simple switch to whole grains versus white breads can help. The main problem is that cheap and diabetic are hard to mix in this kind of atmosphere. I would also suggest greens, steamed veggies avoiding the canned corn or peas and carrots. Green beans, broccoli and cauliflower are great options.
Baked foods instead of breaded and fried can cut carbs a lot and fat as well.
Also, providing drinks that they can add their own sweeteners to.

gregsteele 2010-09-11 15:47:38 -0500 Report

A few of the grocery stores in my area donate produce ,you can ask them because they throw it out and as you know fruits and veggies are always a great way to fill the belly in a good way love to all GREG

bizzach 2010-09-10 14:07:40 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for your wonderful contributions to society! I also donate to local food banks and try to donate as much as I can from a local co-op with organic and diabetic friendly foods!!! Keep up the geat work and the great cause!

gregsteele 2010-09-11 11:00:56 -0500 Report

Thank you its very rewarding to know you helped someone i dont have much myself but i do what i can by organizing others love to all GREG

GabbyPA 2010-09-05 09:57:50 -0500 Report

What a great idea! That is so cool, and you just moved into that area. I know we had to use the food banks for 2007 holidays and into 2008. At least where we got our foods, they were fresh produce, meat and then of course the deserts...but for the most part, not too bad. But we did try to choose carefully. I am so glad you are doing this and the inspiration will spread.

gregsteele 2010-09-05 10:12:47 -0500 Report

Im still in the same area GABBY just moved a little ways im still where everyone knows me love to all GREG

petals 2010-09-05 00:12:23 -0500 Report

Greg, you are such a blessing to others. I am glad that I know you. Keep up the good work. This is an awesome thing that you are doing and it just proves that there is still good people in this world. HUGS:)

RAYT721 2010-09-04 19:08:49 -0500 Report

You are so right! I have a diabetic friend who needs the assistance of his local food bank in order to feed his family; however, his story confirms that they are not given choices of what foods they are given and his wish would be for healthier ingredients to be donated and distributed. I will definitely consider future donations to be of healthier quality of foods to the Hunger for Harvest Campaigns that are sponsored here. What I did last time was clear out the foods that I could no longer eat to at least know there would go to families in need of food. I am now more aware of the diabetic families and their needs not only for food but the "right" foods. Thanks for the eye-opening discussion and for what you're doing for your community.

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-09-04 18:35:00 -0500 Report

Happy day,
thanks for sharing this wonderful story. You have blessed so many people w/this act of love. I pray that this will be passed forward.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.
Mama Dee

Kaiyle 2010-09-04 17:09:01 -0500 Report

Your beautiful heart reaches even beyond your own expectations, and that is an amazingly wonderful reach to everyone who is impacted in some way through your selfless giving.