The Gift of Food: Help Someone Build Their Food Storage

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When my family was going through one of our most financially uneasy times, we were shown a lot of love by our family, our friends, and our neighbors. They didn't want us to have to worry about spending money on food along with all of our other bills, so they brought us food. Lots of it. Even though we were incredibly grateful for it, it was hard to swallow — not the food, but their compassion and kindness. Sometimes it is especially harder to receive, than it is to give. So, while I am waiting for my long-term food storage supplies to get here, I thought I'd go ahead and share with you what people have given my family, in hopes that we can all help a family or two out by boxing up a few of these items and giving them away.

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Pasta and Such

I love pasta and other grains simply because they are relatively inexpensive, easy to make meals out of, and they last a long time in storage. You're not limited to the basic spaghetti noodles – rice, quinoa, and even oats are all great bases for many a meal.

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Meat and Beans

Canned meat and beans — it's always good to have a source of protein. My family has always never wanted for meat as we almost always have had wild game and fish in our freezer, but a can of chicken or tuna has come in handy when we were running low on meat; and one can of black beans can make enough black bean burgers for my family of four.

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Canned Fruits and Vegetables

It's nice to have a plethora of canned fruits and vegetables around to add to your breakfasts, dinners, and lunches. Especially lunches. A friend of mine told me that when her family was out of a job, her older kids would smuggle grapes and oranges from their school lunches, to bring home to their younger siblings because they couldn't afford fruit. When my family was going through our job loss, my mother-in-law shared her supply of canned peaches and pears. We used them to put in our daughter's lunches. It took away some of our lunch expense, and even if just a little, it still helped a great deal.

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Canned Soups

Canned soup is a must. I don't think one could ever have too much. They can be a meal in themselves, or add a little of this or a little that, to make something like a casserole. One note – these can be a little high in sodium, so consider that when making your choices.

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Baking Goods

Sometimes you just need to bake something. I remember when I was asked to bring treats for my child's class party; my baking goods were running uncomfortably low with no room in my food budget to replenish my supply, but the problem was solved thanks to my mom, who just days before brought a bunch of baking goods that she had in her food storage and “needed to get rid of before they went bad.” Because of her gift, I was able to quit stressing about spending money that I truly needed for other things, and just use what she had given to me. I didn't realize that I could be so thankful for a simple bag of chocolate chips and a bottle of vanilla.

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Sauces and Such

It is these little extras that can complete a meal — pasta sauce for noodles, broth to make soups with, shoyu to compliment rice and season other foods.

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Has someone ever gifted your family with food or something that you were very thankful for? Do you know a family that you could give something to?

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The Gift of Food: Help Someone Build Their Food Storage

Melanie Denney lives in the smallest of towns, with her two little darlings. She has a Bachelor's degree and happily works as a full-time mother and a freelance writer, specializing in sociology and recreation leadership. ... More

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3 comments

  1. LoveMy7Kids says:

    Love this! Was teaching my kids the Corporal Works of Mercy and this compliments that teaching so well. We may make this a Lenten project, create a basket and maybe add our family’s favorite recipes using those ingredients.

  2. LIZ says:

    love this reading tnx so much for the info

  3. mommy nhoj says:

    Giving is caring. Blessed are those who give :). Thanks for the list and reminder to share our blessings!

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