to have put a packet of penguins in the foodbank trolly?

(109 Posts)
bubblesinthesky Tue 09-Apr-13 09:41:11

Our local asda has a foodbank trolly and I usually try to put something in when I shop there. Normally its tins or pasta but yesterday for a change I picked up a box of shreddies. I also saw penguins were on special offer so thought I'd get a packet of those too as I thought someone with children may appreciate them for a change.

As I put them in the trolly a woman walked up with a tin of kidney beans and another of mixed beans and said "haven't you read the sign they want nutritious food only, no point giving them unhealthy food". I muttered something about people needing a treat occasionally and went on my way.

Its still irritating me this morning so thought I'd put it to the AIBU jury

squeakytoy Tue 09-Apr-13 09:42:50

yanbu, and she sounds a sanctimonious arse..

AmberSocks Tue 09-Apr-13 09:43:05


that woman was very rude.

when you are poor(really poor)enough food is whats important,not the nutritional content.

AmberSocks Tue 09-Apr-13 09:44:16

ellyn satters food pyramid-google it-if you dont agree with me.

HeySoulSister Tue 09-Apr-13 09:44:37

She was rude but I would question why 'penguins' are to be considered nutritious

Can see the food banks point

It's just fat and sugar in them.

maudpringle Tue 09-Apr-13 09:44:44

She sounds a right miserable old bag. yadnbu.

slipshodsibyl Tue 09-Apr-13 09:44:45

Penguins. Yummy.

glossyflower Tue 09-Apr-13 09:44:48

No you ANBU!!
If I was a recipient of the food bank I'd get pretty depressed at having to eat staples all the time, although I realise sometimes you have to.
Putting in a pack of penguins in my opinion was thoughtful.
It's not as if one family are only going to receive those choc bars to live on for a week!

DeepRedBetty Tue 09-Apr-13 09:44:59

Two things aren't there? One is the Nutritious Food Only sign. Was it clearly visible? And FWIW I agree, there's more to life than healthy food alone. Children NEED sweeties... well mine do anyway grin.

And Lady Bountiful was being a bit Deserving Poor with her beans.

HeySoulSister Tue 09-Apr-13 09:45:31

Sugar makes you crave more tho?? So you are actually making people hungrier.....

AnyFucker Tue 09-Apr-13 09:46:12

Poor people don't deserve the odd chocolate biscuit, did you not know that?

What an interfering busy body

HeySoulSister Tue 09-Apr-13 09:46:13

Who says the penguins will be given to children? There's no guarantees

nenevomito Tue 09-Apr-13 09:46:29

Love Penguins. I'm pretty sure that the people who get food from the food bank would like the odd packet of choccy biccies.

xigris Tue 09-Apr-13 09:47:02

Oh for goodness sake! What a sanctimonious tit! We regularly do food drives at Church for our local foodbank; over Easter we were asked to bring in Easter Eggs etc. I think that a nice treat, as well as nutritious food, is really important. Did she have a cats bum mouth when she said it?

Ywbu! Poor penguins, were there air holes in the box? And did they have food and water?
(It's a myth that polar bears and penguins hate each other)

RatPants Tue 09-Apr-13 09:48:15

Penguins are much nicer than kidney beans.

Oodsigma Tue 09-Apr-13 09:48:48

Our food banks try and give people a treat too although its more important that they get enough to keep themselves healthy the leader ex

Katisha Tue 09-Apr-13 09:49:51

I can't imagine anyone will be pleased to get the kidney beans.

shallweshop Tue 09-Apr-13 09:50:01

YANBU. I think that was a lovely thing for you to do and I am sure the recipients will appreciate them.

MordecaiAndRigby Tue 09-Apr-13 09:50:07

Oh yes the poor can't have treats! shock

What was it Marie Antoinette supposedly said?

Let the fuckers eat cake?

wink grin

DreamingOfTheMaldives Tue 09-Apr-13 09:51:47

When I've donated food to the foodbank at the supermarket I've generally always given biscuits! I've seen that other people give 'normal' food and I've thought people in need of foodbank assistance may actually like some biscuits. I know I bloody would!

Willow36 Tue 09-Apr-13 09:52:52

I really want a penguin biscuit now.

(Oh and YANBU)

DeskPlanner Tue 09-Apr-13 09:53:23

What a cow. Everyone enjoys an occasional penguin. Yum.

Latara Tue 09-Apr-13 09:53:41

YANBU; at Christmas our local Foodbank asked for food that poorer people wouldn't spend money on - such as Selection boxes (of chocolate).

I put Cup-A-Soups (not everyone has a cooker); Galaxy chocolate (for a treat) and lots of tuna in sunflower oil (again, no cooking required) in the Foodbank last time i went.

GW297 Tue 09-Apr-13 09:54:49

I hope it doesn't put you off donating! What business is it of hers what you put in? I always put in whatever biscuits are on offer when I do it. I hate it when people feel they have to make snide and self righteous comments like this, but it says a lot more about them than it does about you. I feel like buying some penguins for the food bank next time I go shopping on principle!

DeskPlanner Tue 09-Apr-13 09:55:07

Willow I really fancy toast from a travelator toaster after the breakfast thread. Bloody MN making me hungry.

DreamingOfTheMaldives Tue 09-Apr-13 09:56:00

I've just looked at the foodbank website for our area and biscuits are actually on the shopping list.

catsmother Tue 09-Apr-13 09:58:12

There's food to sustain you - and then there's food for the soul. The people in dire straits who need to use food banks are probably more in need of the latter - due to the stress and strain they live under - than people who can manage without asking for that sort of help. So mean to begrudge those in need the odd treat in addition to the basics. Think about it - if the odd Penguin biscuit constitutes a genuine treat then how miserable must that person's life be like usually ? And yet that sour faced moo objects ?!?

DinoSnores Tue 09-Apr-13 09:59:29

YANBU. I hate this idea of dividing everything up into "healthy" and "unhealthy" food. There is no such thing. Everything in moderation, including penguins! They can all be part of a good balanced diet.

(And before someone with some vague beliefs about nutrition (I read here a few weeks ago that someone was claiming that sugar was the only thing we absorbed in our diet and fat just goes straight through! hmm) comes to 'correct' me, I've done research in one of the world's top universities into this sort of thing!)

dizzyhoneybee Tue 09-Apr-13 10:00:57

YANBU, everybody deserves a treat now and then.

PeterParkerSays Tue 09-Apr-13 10:01:10

Our local food bank puts cakes into the parcels handed out, when they know it's a child's birthday etc.

Are poor kids not allowed treats as well?

Chocolate with nuts in, if you can eat them, are a good source of protein and calcium. Just saying.

ClaraOswinOswald Tue 09-Apr-13 10:17:32

It sounds like you were doing something really nice. Why shouldn't poor people have a treat too? Just picture a family receiving the food and the smile on the mum's face when she gives her kids a penguin after tea. That is worth more than a tin of kidney beans any day.

BlueberryHill Tue 09-Apr-13 10:18:52

YANBU, agree with everyone saying that a treat for the soul is just as important.

If it makes you feel any better I have looked up a local foodbank and will be donating food on a regular basis, they have asked for chocolate bars and biscuits in addition to lots of tinned food. I will definitely be including some chocolate biscuits in there.

DeputyDeputyChiefOfStaff Tue 09-Apr-13 10:19:37

Yanbu. Our church runs a food bank and they do ask for things like biscuits as well as healthier food (and things like tea and coffee, which surely come under the heading of 'nice to have' rather than 'essential'). As pps have said, it must be pretty depressing to only have weetabix, bread, pasta and tinned food - I'm sure the occasional treat is much appreciated. Plus, we all need a bit of fat in our diets - particularly children. Chocolate biscuits may not be the healthiest option for fat but they're not so terrible in moderation.

Squitten Tue 09-Apr-13 10:19:52


We just donated a load of Easter Eggs to our local foodbank.

Sirzy Tue 09-Apr-13 10:21:57

A balanced diet needs a bit of everything. A chocolate biscuit occasionally probably means a lot to a child who probably didn't get any easter eggs like her peers did and rarely gets anything other than essential food.

bubblesinthesky Tue 09-Apr-13 10:23:46

Thank you.

I was having visions of some poor food bank volunteer trying to work out what to do with my spectacularly unhealthy donation.

I know they're not nutritious but I'd hate to HAVE to survive entirely on "healthy" food so I don't see why anyone else would want to. Its one thing to choose to but surely people are entitled to a choice?

mrsjay Tue 09-Apr-13 10:23:58

Yanbu the woman sounds a right snooty do gooder and id rather eat penguins than kidney beans <bleurgh> and I am sure the people your penguins go to will enjoy them,

mrsjay Tue 09-Apr-13 10:26:19

I help make up Christmas Hampers and we always put goodies in can you imagine how depressing it is opening a box of food and only having rice pasta and tinned peas in it, the woman probably thought the 'poor people' should be grateful for what they are given,

Stupid woman, many a times I've had to make up a food parcel and send it a friend in need, even if they don't have kids I always stick some treats in there! Everyone needs a treat sometimes.

Anyway our local foodbank shopping list has those tinned sponge puddings on it so ner to her wink

LadyBeagleEyes Tue 09-Apr-13 10:27:57

Well I'd have turned up my nose at penguins too.
Why didn't you donate kitkats?

MasamiAomame Tue 09-Apr-13 10:31:04

A lot of people who come in to our local food bank are on pre-pay electricity meters, therefore if they have no money to buy food they are also likely to have no money for electricity. Uncooked kidney beans are poisonous therefore in that context much less healthy than a packet of penguins! Good on you for making a donation to the food bank grin

piprabbit Tue 09-Apr-13 10:36:16

I've donated biscuits, tea bags and coffee - because if I sometimes need them to cheer my day, I'm sure other people do to.

Inncogneetow Tue 09-Apr-13 10:38:11

At our Foodbank lots of biscuits and treats are sent. The are all used: added to food parcels or given out (with soup and toast) when clients visit the centre. When we are inundated with treats (Christmas and Easter), or if we are given perishable food, we send it down to the local homelessness shelter.

Nothing is wasted and we are grateful for all donations. BUT we are never short of treats and we are often short of staples. We seem to always run low on Uht milk, long-life fruit juice, 500g bags of sugar, tinned fish and tinned fruit.

Thanks for your support and interest.

It was a nice thing to do, I'm sure the food bank and whoever gets them will appreciate a chocolate biccie.

Tinned fish is so expensive now - really difficult because it's great and really nutritious if you haven't got power to cook with.

Longdistance Tue 09-Apr-13 10:44:21

You should have retorted ' if you give them those beans, they'll be farting til the cows come home' grin

ModernToss Tue 09-Apr-13 10:45:20

YANBU. Of course people need the odd treat amongst the lentils.

dotty2 Tue 09-Apr-13 10:46:52

YY - I am also involved in running a foodbank and the Trussell Trust model (which most of the UK foodbanks follow) is to give a package of nutritionally balance food, but then invite clients to choose one or two treats to supplement the basic package. Honestly, are there really people who think that you and your family should never eat anything that isn't 100% healthy and nutrious? Food isn't just about nutrition - it's about socialising and being together, and for families in dire straits, being able to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit together can be a chink of light in a dark time.

But what incogneetow says is true for us too - we are always short of tinned meat and fish, and UHT milk. Thank you to everyone on this thread who donates to their local foodbank.

EasterHoliday Tue 09-Apr-13 10:51:09

absolutely not BU.
Though I was rather amazed at my gym running a promotion whereby you'd get a free day's pass if you donated an easter egg to them to distribute on the children's ward at the local hospital. Not sure that chocolate eating is something for a gym to be promoting or that chocolate eating by kids in hospital is necessarily advised for those in for anything other than eg a broken limb. (still bitter at the memory of my dad bringing one of those packs of teeny tiny Cadbury's bars in when I had my appendix out and not being allowed any, and him eating them IN FRONT OF ME!)

HoHoHoNoYouDont Tue 09-Apr-13 10:51:34

Cheeky judging bitch! I think it was lovely of you to even donate something. Penguins are lovely and I'm sure they will be a lovely treat for kids.

ShoeHorn Tue 09-Apr-13 10:53:22

what a stupid woman. We all treat ourselves, why not treat others.

ohforfoxsake Tue 09-Apr-13 10:56:37

The one thing we don't have enough of is tinned puddings - on the 'if we have them' part of the list. We had tins and tins of Quality Street donated by a supermarket ready to go out at Easter. Kidney beans go in a chilli, but then you need meat or meat substitute. Does anyone really want to eat kidney beans in any other form?

Everyone gets the basics, everyone deserves a treat.

angry that we even need to have foodbanks in this day and age, but that's another thread.

Chunderella Tue 09-Apr-13 11:04:24

Useful to know about shortage items. I shall try and remember that.

WishIdbeenatigermum Tue 09-Apr-13 11:04:42

Her contribution was rubbish OP!
Yours was perfect!

thermalsinapril Tue 09-Apr-13 11:08:00

YANBU. Chocolate is good for the morale smile Physical health is important but so is emotional wellbeing.

Toasttoppers Tue 09-Apr-13 11:15:11

There is a treat box in the FB I help in, at Christmas a woman bought two carrier bags of chocolate in. Boxes of thorntons. And roses. I think she said she was a teacher and had received so much she had kept one bag for her family and gave the rest to us.

We had 50 selection boxes donated by a company to give to children and adults for Christmas. I actually got a bit over emotional at that point.

Everyone needs a little treat sometimes, she sounds a bit deserving poor to me.

niceguy2 Tue 09-Apr-13 11:20:48

I used to volunteer to help collect for our local foodbank but don't have the time anymore so not sure if this has changed or not.

But certainly with our local one we had an agreement with the supermarket that any inappropriate food donated could be swapped at the end of the day for something more appropriate.

Not sure if that's the case with foodbanks in other areas but it seems rude to tell people who have kindly donated that their donation is not appreciated.

McBalls Tue 09-Apr-13 11:25:18

This didn't happens though, did it?

I mean, it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things but...

IShallCallYouSquishy Tue 09-Apr-13 11:32:45

Surely the important thing is you were actually donating to the food bank?

I always walk past ours and forget to get anything. I'm going to make an effort this week to donate!


BlackeyedSusan Tue 09-Apr-13 11:33:23

it might stop some kid getting bullied bout their pcked lunch. it might cheer someone up.

i like kidney and mixed beans. (good cheap protein) I also love the occasional treat.

nenevomito Tue 09-Apr-13 11:35:14

How do you know it didn't McBalls? ESP? Woo?

Why comment if you don't believe? I mean, it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things but...

when I go in asda I buy packs of the farmstores custard cream to put in, also put things like pasta and soup etc in ( £5 limit )

101handbags Tue 09-Apr-13 11:37:28

I give a bag of shopping to the food bank my friend is involved with whenever I see her. I always buy from the list with one exception which is a packet of penguins... so no YANBU, everyone needs a treat and as long as you give the healthy stuff most of the time, I really don't see a problem. At Easter and Christmas they actually ask for small treats - boxes of chocolate, small easter eggs etc.

Lovecat Tue 09-Apr-13 11:39:01

I know that if I was in such dire straits as to need to go to a foodbank I'd be very grateful for whatever I got, but if I got handed a tin of mixed beans my (ungrateful) heart would sink even as I thanked them for it. Bleuch.

quoteunquote Tue 09-Apr-13 11:40:09

that woman is a twonktitwanburger please take no notice, she is talking total shit,

Thank you so much for your donation, please keep putting diverse items in, it really helps when making up boxes, especially for families, even things like little packs of jelly, are very welcome.

We end up dividing up multi packs, just to share them around.

bubblesinthesky Tue 09-Apr-13 11:41:21

Thanks for the list of shortage items. Tuna or tinned meat it is next time. For some reason can not bring myself to donate UHT milk I can't abide the stuff so the thought of giving it to anyone else is horrible even though I know its better for people if they don't have a fridge.

I like mixed beans. I add a tin of tomatoes, some veg stock and a bit of chilli powder and call it mixed bean and tomato soup grin DD loves it

bubblesinthesky Tue 09-Apr-13 11:44:58

and yes it did happen I don't think she meant it as more than a throw away comment but it hugely irritated me!

To be fair to her there was a poster asking for ingredients that could be used to make up meals and normally that's what I give but I was feeling rebellious yesterday and thought the shreddies would balance things out anyway

PurpleStorm Tue 09-Apr-13 11:45:03


I checked the shopping list for our local foodbank, and the items they ask for include chocolate, biscuits and snack bars.

Useful to see the posts upthread saying which items foodbanks tend to run short of though.

GW297 Tue 09-Apr-13 11:47:17

Useful to know what food banks are generally short of and will bear that in mind for future donations - thanks. Tins of rice pudding are really cheap to donate and warm and filling too!

ComposHat Tue 09-Apr-13 11:49:39

do they still make penguins? i may have to buy a pack myself.

But YANBU the woman was being a joyless self righteous twunt. How dare she dictate what 'they' can eat!

dashoflime Tue 09-Apr-13 11:55:28

Kidney Beans?!

Does she eat kidney beans at home? I fucking doubt it!

Pah! angry

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Tue 09-Apr-13 11:58:24

Yanbu. I'd have told her to shut her cunt. Reckon she would have taken that badly grin

Alligatorpie Tue 09-Apr-13 11:58:55

I once heard a woman on the radio who spoke about having to rely on foodbanks as a child. she never had cookies or other treats and consequently was bullied at school. Now every Xmas she buys a trolley full of treats to donate.

It made me think and i usually donate treats as well as staples. That woman was rude.

cathers Tue 09-Apr-13 12:00:58

She is talking ass. At our food bank, the most frequent group of people needing food is sadly families with young children. I think it was lovely for you to give chocolate bars- just the sort of thing children would love. Just because you require foodbank services doesn't mean you should just eat pasta and rice.

LovePickles Tue 09-Apr-13 12:02:05

YANBU, she should mind her own. You're giving and still made to feel guilty?

ClaraOswinOswald Tue 09-Apr-13 12:04:44


Obviously smile

ClaraOswinOswald Tue 09-Apr-13 12:05:33

See, how can they say Mumsnetters aren't nice? We are lovely.

I have the shopping list for my nearest foodbank on my desk and it includes things like
Sponge Puddings

I normally try to put something nice in along with the sensible stuff.

She does sound a bit sanctimonious i.e. the poor should be helped to survive but they shouldn't actually be enjoying life.

thermalsinapril Tue 09-Apr-13 12:29:14

If the donations are just going to get swapped for something else then what's the point of people wasting their time choosing something? They should just ask for monetary donations. I'd be quite annoyed if I found out that I'd spent the time picking something I thought people would like, but actually it was just going to be put back and replaced with something more worthy. I'd rather just stick a fiver in a tin.

quoteunquote Tue 09-Apr-13 12:58:37

herbs, spices, stock cubes, sauces go down well, the little things that make meals much taster, but are just an additional cost that can't be justified. I was surprised recently how quickly a massive bag of donated(health food shop) chilli flakes, divided up into little bags went, because just a few in a meal makes it so much more tasty, especially if it's all beans.

drinks, tea, coffee, instant hot chocolate, normal hot chocolate, fruit tea, cup a soups, squash,juice all are really welcome, a hot drink really makes a difference to a day.

toothpaste, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes are always welcomed,people run out and food comes first.

Mutley77 Tue 09-Apr-13 13:03:16

I think it's absolutely fine - plus penguins are chocolate biscuits and there is surely some nutritional value as well as being a good thing to eat as part of a varied diet. I would poss think ywbu if you put in a packet of starbursts or something.

xigris Tue 09-Apr-13 13:12:21

I've just done the supermarket shop and this thread made me do something I've been meaning to do which is take a bag of stuff to our local foodbank so thanks bubbles! As well as taking the stuff on their list you inspired me so much that I added two packs of penguins! grin no kidney beans though grin

Gruffalump Tue 09-Apr-13 13:39:36


Sanctimonious bag!

StAlphonzospancakebreakfast Tue 09-Apr-13 13:42:13

Our food bank asks for biscuits, and that's generally what I give because I think what would I want! (As well as kidney beans of course wink)

mrsjay Tue 09-Apr-13 13:44:55

ooo get you Xigris* 2 packets grin the next time i make a donation I will remember the penguins I usually get a packet of bourbons or something equally boring,

oh I have emailed my local foodbank to see if they need volunteers smile thread has inspired me

MsBella Tue 09-Apr-13 13:45:16

Yanbu. Ffs just because somebody is poor it doesn't mean they shouldn't have a bit of chocolate now and again. They'll love it, child or not

MsBella Tue 09-Apr-13 13:48:59

By the way I've put anything from chickpeas to kitkats in there. I've had to use a foodbank in the past and they didn't just have nutritious food, in fact as a mum I was very, very pleased to get treats for DCs. Now I try and donate basics and also treats when I can, they will be ideal for someone and lift their/their DCs spirits while times are hard

Well done!

Bridgetbidet Tue 09-Apr-13 13:49:18

You most definitely were not unreasonable. Think about it this way, if you're down to the point of using a food bank you're going to be in pretty miserable circumstances. What is going to cheer you up more? A rough oatcake or a chocolate biscuit?

I think you'll probably be bringing a tiny little ray of sunshine into some pretty horrid circumstances with those biscuits. I think you should feel pretty darn good about yourself.

xigris Tue 09-Apr-13 13:50:18

On offer Mrsjay! Actually fairly remarkable that I didn't eat one of the packs. I love a kitkat grin

mrsjay Tue 09-Apr-13 13:51:24

mmmm kitkats grin

choceyes Tue 09-Apr-13 13:53:58

Penguins are vile. YABU.
Kit kats are much better.

littlebitofthislittlebitofthat Tue 09-Apr-13 13:57:19

thank you for donating to your local food bank..... that woman can wind her neck in! Having been in VERY dire straights, very recently....

its the little things that reduce you to tears, like not having a biscuit to go with your tea when they are only a pound.

it brings to the front of your mind that there is a queue of calls on the mythical pound you could have spent on biscuits

I have sad and cried over a grape... a single grape that was thrown out after being squished into the carpet, when I could have eaten that.

thank you, thank you, thank you... for being mindful of others.

HoneyDragon Tue 09-Apr-13 14:11:18

I don't think ubu. Penguins are fine. The breast will do two meals and the wings can be boiled for stock.

whirligiggle Tue 09-Apr-13 14:12:31

Dh & I got offered food bank just before Christmas, just before my Mat leave ended. We both cried a little bit when we saw the bag, & again when we saw the contents. Trust me when I say, dried or tinned staples, vegetables, fish etc was lovely & we stopped missing as many meals, but it was the extras that were the real treats. We could usually justify getting a few value carrots or other veg, but if you've not even got enough to pay the rent, you don't even go down the biscuit aisle in the shop.

bettycocker Tue 09-Apr-13 15:28:49

If I was so skint I needed to use a food bank, I'd be overjoyed at the sight of some penguine biscuits. YANBU and that woman sounds like a bossy old boot.

bubblesinthesky Tue 09-Apr-13 16:15:32

Oh god now I'm crying over littlebitofthis and whirligigs posts.

Hard to believe we're one of the richest countries in the world isn't it? sad

whois Tue 09-Apr-13 16:24:58

Totally not U to put penguins in!

When I donate I try and think of things I would like if I was getting a food bank parcel:
Tinned fruit
Things like those chocolate puds which last ages, or tons of custard or rice pudding
Big bags of mixed Italian herbs, coriander, cumin and chili. I would like to think they get divide out between people.
Tinned of mixed beans because actually they are v nice and a great source of protein! Tinned meat is not nice and tinned fish is quite expensive. Will bear in mind the comments about needed tinned fish and meat in future tho and look out for offers.
Tinned veg
Tinned toms

I have neer donated long life juice or milk. Is the long life fruit juice really wanted? Would have thought much better value to get a bottle of squash?

Flobbadobs Tue 09-Apr-13 16:30:12

Our local childrens centre has a 'shopping list' for the local foodbank and its the most joyless list I have ever seen.
Staples only, dried goods and sauces, tins of beans and veg, no treats on the list at all and it specifies own brand or value range. They won't accept anything not on the list. I don't give to that one, I tend to take it straight to the library which takes anything, even easter eggs grin

Of course they don't NEED penguins but I bet you any money that the family who get them will have at least a moment of joy when they all get to sit down with a cup of tea/juice and a penguine!!!

Treats should be able to be enjoyed by everyone. And it will mean alot to those families who get them. If ore the batty old woman!!!

Damn phone. Ignore the old woman

xigris Tue 09-Apr-13 17:04:42

The food bank I went to today said that other things they need are toiletries, sanitary towels / tampons, nappies, wipes etc. I'm by no means loaded but I'm going to start buying a couple of extra bits each time I go shopping (including penguins / kitkats!) then drop it off to them once a month. Mrsjay I really want a kitkat now!

AnnoyingOrange Tue 09-Apr-13 17:08:25

This is the Trussell Trust Shopping list

Please help feed local people in crisis by buying items from the list below and donating them to your nearest foodbank, thank you!

Milk (UHT or powdered) Sugar (500g)
Fruit juice (carton) Soup
Pasta sauces
Sponge pudding (tinned) Tomatoes (tinned) Cereals
Rice pudding (tinned) Tea Bags/instant coffee Instant mash potato Rice/pasta
Tinned meat/fish Tinned fruit
Biscuits or snack bars

The Trussell Trust foodbanks provides a minimum of three days non-perishable emergency food to local people in crisis. All food given out is donated by the local community.
We work in partnership with frontline care professionals to identify people in need.

Thank you

AnnoyingOrange Tue 09-Apr-13 17:09:24

Lost a bit of formatting there, sorry

EmmaBemma Tue 09-Apr-13 17:12:19

At the supermarket I go to, the local foodbank hands out a shopping list. One Saturday it was almost entirely Fray Bentos products! I doubt they're very nutritious, but I bunged in a Steak and Kidney and Chicken and Mushroom pie anyway.

Geeklover Tue 09-Apr-13 17:19:28

Have only read the beginning and end of the thread but yanbu.
My friend has just come out the local refuge into her own home with 3 children. She was delighted to get a parcel from the local place running a food bank. It was a huge help at a stressful time.
It did include a couple of packets of plain and tuc biscuits as well as enough basics for a couple of meals.
She was genuinely delighted and it was nice to have a wee biscuit in there as well.

Ragwort Tue 09-Apr-13 17:26:07

YANBU at all.

Our local foodbank (at which I volunteer) - is literally swamped with things like tinned kidney beans/dried pasta and rice which many clients really don't want - those sorts of things take a lot of time & effort to cook and many people don't even have a cooker or enough money to pay electricity bills.

Today we had lots of pot noodles to hand out which were very gratefully received grin. I think it rather smug to assume that we should just be handing out wholesome, nutritious food.

I always personally buy tinned fruit/veg and biscuits - not necessarily Penguins grin.

ReluctantBeing Tue 09-Apr-13 17:27:28

Someone will be extremely happy to get them. She w as unreasonable.

MsBella Wed 10-Apr-13 02:13:03

The woman seems to me like she was kind of not thinking of the poor people as people if that makes sense. Yes of course nutrition is important but they will love treats! When I had to use the food bank these things were greatly appreciated but it was mostly pasta and rice and beans at the time (not that I'm complaining!) A little thing can lift your/your dcs spirits!

MechanicalTheatre Wed 10-Apr-13 02:31:04

Seriously, if I do not eat biscuits and chocolate, I go nuts. It actually depresses me.

And kidney beans, what the fuck? If I got a tin of kidney beans, I'd be like "yay, but, er what am I gonna do with these?"

I am an ok cook, but unless you have something in the cupboard to put with the kidney beans, you're not going to get very far. Unless you dunk them in your tea, YUM.

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