Na Na pinches her pennies (aka frugal living)

Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.

First food bank day

Monday was the first food bank day of the year at the church around the corner.  It wasn’t a fresh produce day as I had thought. I was given wrong information.  It was a canned food day.  It was done in order to clear the shelves before inventory.

What did I get?

Food and kitchen 2015 018Canned food:

  • 2 pork and beans
  • 1 applesauce
  • 1 corn
  • 2 mixed fruit
  • 2 chili with beans
  • 2 chicken noodle soup
  • 2 spaghetti sauce
  • 1 peas
  • 2 green beans
  • 1 peanut butter

Food and kitchen 2015 019Boxed and bagged:

  • 1 pound macaroni
  • 1 pound white rice
  • 3 boxes mac and cheese
  • 1 hamburger helper lasagna
  • 1 bag cheerios type cereal

I gave away everything except the macaroni and the applesauce.  I already have plenty to eat and the lady down the street needs it more.  She has several mouths to feed and is sick with the flu so she couldn’t go. Thinking we would get fresh produce I had told her I would give her whatever I couldn’t use right away.  She got more than she expected.  Had I known it wasn’t fresh produce before I went I would not have gone.  In the end it worked out ok because I helped a neighbor.

Yesterday I went to get the fresh produce.  Gee whiz it was brutal cold outside.  Even with the cold there was a few people picking up food.

What did I get?

Food and kitchen 2015 027Produce:

  • 3 pound lettuce mix
  • 2 pound baby carrots
  • 2 pound roasted garlic
  • 2 pound avocado pulp
  • 3 pound potatoes
  • 3 large heads cabbage

Food and kitchen 2015 029Baked foods:

  • 1 loaf bread
  • 1 cheese cake
  • 1 raspberry pie
  • 2 packages English muffins

I gave my neighbor everything except the muffins, one cabbage, and 1/4 of the cheese cake.  She was very happy when she saw the pies.  She was pleased I took a piece of the cheese cake.  She wanted to give me more but I refused.  I’d be tempted to eat it all at one setting and that would not be good for my sugar levels.  I also took her some vegetable beef soup I made in the crockpot.  There was enough for her and the kids plus enough for me a couple of meals.

I was glad to see the produce but it really wasn’t something I can use right now.  I mean really, three pounds of lettuce mix.  No way I could eat it by myself.  Oh well, next week may be better.  I sure would love to get a few mandarin oranges or some tangerines that are out of my budget range.  Ooo, maybe a grapefruit or two and some apples. Ok, probably won’t happen but I can hope can’t I?


4 comments on “First food bank day

  1. Randal Oulton
    January 3, 2016

    Use the lettuce in pea soup, as the French do. :}

    • Anita
      January 8, 2016

      Good idea, I’ll have to remember that.

  2. sarasinart
    January 8, 2015

    It is so nice that you share with the lady with the kids. Bless you.

    • Na Na
      January 8, 2015

      Thank you. Not a big deal though. I couldn’t eat it so best to give to someone who really needed it.

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