Holiday Food Drive Receives Weird Condiments, Already Opened Bags of Crackers
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Written by Howard Dale Jr.   
Sunday, 04 December 2016 19:08

MILLBANK – As we celebrate the winter holidays with feasts, families and friends, let us not forget that others are not so fortunate. This is the time of year in which it is most important to help our neediest neighbors. To that end, the First Millbank Church of God is asking residents to donate food items to its Annual Year-End Food Drive from December 5 – 10, 2016. All items can be dropped off in the marked bins in front of the church’s Auxillary Building at 105 Chesterfield St. These foodstuffs will be distributed to local families on December 11 and will help provide sustenance and cheer throughout the season.

The food drive is accepting a wide range of items, but there are certain foods that are especially popular or helpful for our less fortunate Millbankians. “People often are confused about what makes a helpful food donation,” says Meryl Burgato, 46, chairperson of the Annual Food Drive Committee. “Just think of what you couldn’t do without over the holidays, and that’s probably what our clients would like, too. They are just like you and me, maybe just struggling a little bit.”

When asked if the poverty-stricken are just like me, and they might like to polish off a jar of cocktail onions and dip into some mint jelly from 2007, Burgato said, “Well, for food safety, it’s best that you bring food that has not been opened yet. It doesn’t have to be expensive – things like pasta, canned beans and tuna, jars of peanut butter – all are great choices. We are so grateful for those contributions that mean our fellow residents won’t go hungry this month.”

One of those contributors agrees that Millbank residents should donate food this month. “I love participating in the annual holiday food drive. It makes me feel so good about myself, ” says local parishioner Emma Bartlett. “I can just look in my pantry and feel great about how organized it is…and then I can go buy more tiny bottles of hot Chinese mustard!”

When asked whether Bartlett thought that tiny bottles of hot Chinese mustard would be snatched up at the food bank, she replied, “The poor are just like you and me, except a little bit more like garbage disposals.”

According to Burgato, condiments such as mango chutney or the remnants of Aunt Silvia’s fruitcake from last year, while intriguing, are usually not all that useful to the families who rely on the food bank’s largesse. However, when confronted, she acknowledged that people with smaller incomes deserve to try maraschino cherries and sriracha pistachios that came in the office gift basket just as much as we do. Optimistic folks see the dusty jar of capers as half full, not half empty.

“Maybe just as long as the package is still sealed,” Burgato added.

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