Ten Days Of Food Hampers At The Food Hamper Program: Part Two

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This is the second part of Chloe’s two part photo essay of food hampers at the Emergency Food Hamper Program.

In the first week, we saw the change of items from day to day as new items came in, and other items ran out. This post covers a busier period of time where we had different items in, and had to steward our resources carefully to avoid running out.

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Week of August 17th-21st

Every day these items were given out: One kilogram of meat, five pounds of potatoes, one can of soup, cauliflower (either as a choice or as the fresh vegetable given out that day), onions (either a bunch of green onions or a cooking onion), two boxes of Kraft Dinner, one jar of peanut butter (choice on size and flavour), one can of beans in sauce, a dessert of some kind (pound cake, cinnamon bread or individually wrapped cookies), bread (one or two depending on the day, various kinds), one carton of juice (various flavours, between 1L-1.75L), one container of Becel margarine (different flavours, between 1-2lbs), and one litre of milk.

Monday

  • Hampers up to that point in the week: 51
  • Hamper extras: One can of black olives, one can of corn, one can of peaches, one bag of Potato Thins crackers, two packets of Minigo yogurt, ½ a dozen eggs
  • Window extras: Choice between an avocado or lentil casserole, one watermelon, six ears of corn
  • Total Daily Hamper Count: 136

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Tuesday

  • Hampers up to that point in the week: 92 (that day) 228 (so far that week)
  • Hamper extras: A can of mixed vegetables, two packets of Activa yogurt, IL of lactose free coffee cream, ½ a dozen eggs
  • Window extras: Lentil casserole, one zucchini, 10 ears of corn
  • Total Daily Hamper Count: 148

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Wednesday

  • Hampers up to that point in the week: 77 (that day), 361 (so far that week)
  • Hamper extras: One box of scalloped potatoes, one green pepper, one bag of green and yellow beans, one can of corn, one can of tomato paste, one small box of raspberries, two packets of Silhouette yogurt, ½ a dozen eggs, one pack of Kraft Singles cheese
  • Window extras: One cabbage, one zucchini, one box or bag of mushrooms, one box of cucumbers, twelve ears of corn
  • Total Daily Hamper Count: 130

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Thursday

  • Hampers up to that point in the week: 22 (that day), 436 (so far that week)
  • Hamper extras: One bag of old fashioned egg noodles, one pepper, one bag of carrots, one bag of apples, one 12 pack of Yop yogurt drinks, ½ a dozen eggs, two containers of Philadelphia chocolate cream cheese
  • Window extras: A melon or cabbage, one mango, one box or bag of mushrooms, one box of cucumbers, 10 ears of corn
  • Total Hamper Count: 84

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Friday

  • Hampers up to that point in the week: 65 (that day), 563 (so far that week)
  • Hamper extras: Two granola bars, two peppers, one bag of carrots, one can of peaches, two 12 packs of Yop yogurt drinks, two containers of Philadelphia chocolate cream cheese, one container of sour cream
  • Window extras: One cabbage, two mangoes, one box or bag of mushrooms, one box of cucumbers, twenty ears of corn
  • Total Hamper Count: 110

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Conclusions

We started the week with a narrow selection of items, but as the week progressed we were able to pickup and distribute items in volume like mushrooms and cucumbers and farm goodies.  This illustrates one of the big challenges that we face each week.  We are never sure, often, day to day, what types or volumes of items may show up later in the week which will cause us to reconsider how much of what item we can give out.

Because we receive a donation two weeks in a row doesn’t mean that we can count on it arriving the third week, or the quality of this weeks donation might be better, or worse, depending on the donor and time of year.  At best, we can only really plan one or two days in advance which can result in radically different hampers from between a Monday and a Friday.

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