A word from Board President Pat Anderson – Although donations of both food and toys were minimal this year, the families we served received food adequate for a holiday meal and beyond from donations across the city and our partnership with the Contra Costa Food Bank. Each of our 812 registered children received a minimum of one toy from our surplus of last year, donations of this year, and our adopt-a-family program. All in all we touched the lives of nearly 1600 individuals through our efforts. The outpouring of volunteerism was remarkable with the majority of that coming from young people. It is rewarding to know we are helping to grow future community leaders. We warmly thank all who showed up to assist throughout our process with special thanks to the Leadership class of Freedom High School and the cub scout, boy scout, and girl scout troops. We will be seeking corporate sponsorships for next year’s program as our cost of approximately $8000 can only be maintained for two more years with our current budget. It is our goal to continue this program yearly and meet the needs of those in our community. We were able to serve 300 families and gifted 50 seniors this year and will discuss plans for next year at our January meeting on Tuesday, January 7th at 6:30 (Board will meet at 6:00). Please contact Donna Lagano at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to become part of our email distribution list. All ideas, hands, and hearts are welcome
Nonperishable foods are “shelf-stable” items that do not spoil or decay. They can withstand months of shelf life. Donated items should be nutritious, non-perishable foods, such as powdered milk, peanut butter, canned meats, tuna, meals in a can (stew, chili, soup), 100% fruit juices and canned foods with pop-top lids. Please, no glass items or perishables.
Please donate kindly from the suggested categories and nonperishable suggestions below to help us provide well-balanced, nutritious foods to those who do not have enough to eat. Canned food is almost always a safe bet when it comes to nonperishable foods, but also keep in mind other types of packaging. Instead of buying canned peaches, for example, consider dried fruit, which is less messy and easy to eat out of the bag.
Please check expiration dates.
Fruits and Vegetables - Canned or dry fruits and vegetables in an array of colors will help ensure consumption of many vitamins and minerals.
- Canned vegetables
- Vegetable and fruit juices
- Canned fruit and fruit cups; dried fruit
- Canned tomatoes (juice and sauce)
Grains - Whole grains provide maximum nutrition value and long-lasting energy.
- Oatmeal Whole grain crackers
- Low sugar/high fiber cereals
- All pasta types
- Whole grain rice
Proteins - Lean meats and canned or dry beans provide the necessary fuel for muscles.
- Canned tuna, salmon or chicken
- Bean soups
- Baked beans
- Dried and canned beans and peas.
- Chili Beef stew
- Peanut butter and nuts
SOURCES FOR GOODS
Your local grocery store – You’ll find all manner of great items that are not likely to spoil. Many of them are conveniently packaged as an added bonus. Pudding cups are a favorite among children as well as adults, as are trail mix packages, dried fruits, and canned meats.
Your military surplus store - They have all kinds of nonperishable food items, many of them packaged as meals or “meals ready-to-eat.” These meals usually have a rather long shelf-life, and are actually quite inexpensive when purchased in bulk. Also, they give appreciation of the food-related sacrifices soldiers make.
Your camping or hiking supply store – They offer a great deal in the way of dehydrated foods, which are also non-perishable. Check out this section of your local sporting goods store; you may be surprised.
Your World Wide Web - The Internet is full of great deals on nonperishable foods. If you dislike driving around from grocery store to camping supply store, just jump online.
It seems that nearly every family has its own unique Christmas observances. Many people are especially proud of Christmas traditions brought to the United States from their countries of origin. The wonderful diversity of foods, music and songs, prayers and stories all make Christmas the holiday of holidays in the United States.
The family Christmas dinner, when the house is full of grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, who may only see each once a year, is one of the most cherished events of the holiday season. Whether the meal is traditional, with a feast of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and an assortment of baked goods, or is of an ethnic nature makes no difference. The mere fact that you are “home” for the holidays and surrounded by a loving family and friends is the key to holiday bliss.
The continuing bad economy has taken its toll on many of us. For many families the Christmas season has become an event to dread instead one to anticipate. To alleviate these thoughts of despair and help those less fortunate than us the Friends of Oakley – A Community Foundation will be collecting toys and non-perishable food items to prepare Christmas dinner baskets. Barrels will located in the following locations:
Date: Friday, December 13, 2013
Location: Almond Grove Elementary
5000 Amaryllis, Oakley
Time: 3:00 until done sorting
Details: Show up and help sort Food Bank food for our Christmas Basket Program
Almond Grove Cafeteria, 3:30 – 6:30
5000 Amaryllis St, Oakley
Tuesday, November 19; Wednesday, November 20;
Thursday, November 21; Thursday, December 5; Friday, December 6, Monday, December 9; Tuesday, December 10 (as needed)
Thank you for being here to help us.
1. Grab a Gift
2. Decide gift’s Gender & Age BEFORE you wrap and mark a label:
3. Wrap it up!
4. Put one Gender & Age label on the gift
5. Place gift in Gender & Age Code section