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To wonder if it's best to go for quality or quantity?

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DrSeuss Thu 08-Jan-15 21:31:39

Food bank donation
Scenario 1-
I spend £10 on stuff for the food bank. I take time in the supermarket to buy the maximum for the money. I buy stuff I know to be cheap and nasty but I get a good size bag.
Does this not say, "Here, poor people. Take this crap. It's vile and I wouldn't eat it but that's what you get."?

Scenario 2
I spend £10 and get slightly nicer stuff. Nothing fancy, just not the absolute bargain basement stuff that tastes like shit. No seed mix, no kidney bean canapés, just food that is not actually unpleasant eg mid priced beans not the really cheap ones that are disgusting.
However, this reduces the volume of my donation, giving the food bank less to give out.

Anyone know which way to go? I can't just spend more, I can't afford it.

LadySybilLikesSloeGin Thu 08-Jan-15 21:33:52

A lot of basics stuff is the same as the nicer stuff, just with cheaper packaging/less marketing etc wink

LadySybilLikesSloeGin Thu 08-Jan-15 21:34:57

By the same, I mean made in the same way by the same companies. Identical apart from the packaging. Some may use lower quality ingredients, most are OK though.

heygoldfish Thu 08-Jan-15 21:35:48

If you are really wondering about this I would personally donate the money rather than the food.

LuisSuarezTeeth Thu 08-Jan-15 21:37:29

Donate what they ask for. Look at the list. You can't go wrong then smile

DrSeuss Thu 08-Jan-15 21:37:48

Anyone got suggestions for decent but cheap stuff? I know that they need as much as possible but handing in a bag of rubbish to give to people who have no choice but to eat it or go hungry just seems so unfair.

MakeMeWarmThisWinter Thu 08-Jan-15 21:38:32

You can donate money instead - that way they can buy stuff that's a current priority.

Not as immediately heartwarming but more useful.

Delilahfandango Thu 08-Jan-15 21:38:47

Basic rice, pasta and tinned tomatoes are quite acceptable but basic beans are vile. Think I'd go for a mix of basic and mid price. Maybe check out special offers/bog offs?

LuisSuarezTeeth Thu 08-Jan-15 21:40:25

UHT milk
Loo roll

You can pick your brands but just use common sense really.

DrSeuss Thu 08-Jan-15 21:41:18

The list gives items eg canned soup. I had very cheap canned soup as a student. It was vile! The super cheap beans are yuk. My point is, do I get two cans of the nice or six of the nasty? Why should recipients have to eat stuff I would reject?

LadySybilLikesSloeGin Thu 08-Jan-15 21:41:46

I buy basic beans from Waitrose. 45p a can and there's no difference between them and Heinz. Branston beans are 4 cans for £1.27 (Ocado) so it's a case of shopping around.

Tinks42 Thu 08-Jan-15 21:42:16

Handing in a bag of rubbish? I don't get what you're on about to be fair. Food is just that.

ChristmasEva50 Thu 08-Jan-15 21:43:09

I try to get things on special offer. Asda have Heinz beans, spaghetti, tinned soup, macaroni cheese, beans and sausages, spaghetti bolognaise, super-noodles, pasta and sauce and more for 50p at the moment. I think the basics biscuits are fine. My dc's are happy with them.

BackforGood Thu 08-Jan-15 21:43:16

You are projecting somewhat.
I don't rely on foodbanks - in fact, I feel we are pretty comfortably off at the moment, but we eat 'Basics' or 'Value' food simply because mostly it's the same stuff or just as nice, and I don't see the point in paying more when the value stuff is fine.

DrSeuss Thu 08-Jan-15 21:44:39

Yes, I think money may be best but I wanted to take DC shopping, have them help and gain an understanding. Milk is milk, so that will be OK. Cheap sugar is just the same.

CaulkheadUpNorth Thu 08-Jan-15 21:46:00

I co-run a food bank.
We will take whatever you give, and will be thankful for it regardless.

However, often the very very cheap beans, spaghetti etc has a higher salt and sugar content. This is why people sometimes go up a brand. We would rather give out healthier things if possible.

Ask why you wouldn't eat the lower brand yourself, and if it's because of something like that, then get the better brand.

We always need stuff like uht milk and there isn't a brand superiority for things like that.

LuisSuarezTeeth Thu 08-Jan-15 21:46:48

Stick to "own brand" then. Not branded or value, just in the middle.

Is it really that difficult? Or is this another TAAT?

MrsTawdry Thu 08-Jan-15 21:47:54

Listen DrSeuss I eat mainly "cheap nasty crap that tastes vile" as you call it and so do MANY of the users on this site. So please be more sensitive.

Your OP is odd. If you think non branded goods are nasty rubbish then please buy the best quality things instead.

IamTitanium Thu 08-Jan-15 21:48:10

Got a family bargains or similar shop near you?
If yes option C- go there buy the brands you think are better for same price as basic.

DrSeuss Thu 08-Jan-15 21:50:19

But do they make own brand quinoa? ;)
Yes, it is something I think about. It goes against the grain to make people eat crap I wouldn't touch because they are poor. I am lucky that I don't have to use a food bank. I should treat those who do as I would like to be treated.

PacificDogwood Thu 08-Jan-15 21:50:44

I never buy anything for the food bank I would not be happy eating myself.

I don't see how deciding what to get is difficult?
The other option is get some treats, biscuits, something for children.
Or sanitary ware (towels or tampons) - they are also often needed.

heygoldfish Thu 08-Jan-15 21:51:14

At the risk of sounding petty, unpleasant and snippy, we have had hundreds and hundreds of food bank threads and well do I remember them. (I am in a role where I issue them to people.)

There will be lots of items suggested and they will include:

toiletries and sanitary products
Pet food

As well as

UHT milk
Tinned soup
Tins such as Irish stew, chicken curry, mince beef
Rice pudding, other sponge puddings

One mumsnetter will object to a pudding or squash or biscuits

Said mumsnetter will be handed their arse on a plate - but not to be handed out at a food bank.

Someone will say how terrible it is someone will be in a position where they don't have tampons
Someone will say how it is all the fault of the government
There will be lots of sad sad sad faces.

Eventually it will reach it's natural end and be reposted three days later

PacificDogwood Thu 08-Jan-15 21:51:31

x-post with you, DrSeuss - there you go then, you've answered your own question.

PacificDogwood Thu 08-Jan-15 21:52:26

goldfish grin
You're not wrong!

MrsTawdry Thu 08-Jan-15 21:52:31

"But do they make own brand quinoa?"

Oh ffs.

There is advice online OP. Go there. You're being stupid. AND calling the food which many people HAVE to eat "vile" "nasty" "Rubbish" is very rude.

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