Hi….just wanted to serve as a reminder to all you good, giving, caring people out there. I volunteer at a local food pantry and I see what is there, what is donated and what is needed. This particular pantry in Putnam, CT is currently overwealmed with canned items especially soup & vegetables. Unfortunately, the items that are needed the most are the items that are NOT donated or can’t be donated, such as frozen and fresh foods. That is where monetary donations comes in. When they receive $ they are able to go to the state and buy perishable items at a discount price. Some of the items that are needed out there are toiletries and health & beauty products. People don’t realize that many people whom are on foodstamps are only allowed a certain amount of money. With that $ you are ONLY allowed to buy food; not toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soaps (dish, hand, bath), detergent, sponges, sanitary pads, etc. Not to forget, baby items which WIC helps, but only so much. Also there isn’t much variety of special dietary foods, such as low salt, gluten free, sugar free & dairy free.

So people, when you are donating to your local food pantries, PLEASE consider other things, which MANY can NOT afford.