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Comment by Deborah Grissam on December 16, 2010 at 4:01am

Angel Food ministries is a great bargain- You can get alot of food for 25 dollars.   Praying for you to have a great improvement!

Comment by Lyn Scott on December 16, 2010 at 1:05am

oh and in case you haven't shopped here Aldi's (grocery store) has cheap food - we actually go to one in Asheville (an hour drive) once a month - it's  worth the drive for savings (search online -they have a store locator...I save at least half compared to our local grocery store...ok I HAVE to get to bed !!

Comment by Lyn Scott on December 16, 2010 at 12:47am

Hey there,

I have been where you are !!!!!!!! along with church also see if they have a dinner nite (ours has one before Wed nite service) and it's a pot luck and we bring one dish (you could bring a big salad to share??) anyway might be a way to get the whole family a dinner....and a nite out..Also along with Salvation Army (they have helped me a TON !! even with Christmas gifts for my son !)  Another great resource is Angel Food do a search online to find their website and it will list local locations - they have boxes of food you can purchase inexpensively too...even a fruit or veggies box!!Also if your kids are in any groups (like karate or soccer etc) you could ask the coach or instructor (or another mom to ask the group on your behalf) if they would put the word out that a member needs help for food - my sons soccer team did this for us at Christmas time so we could have a Christmas dinner...just ask if they'd keep your name confidential...I was laid off and had eviction notices and was going thru all this at the holidays so I totally feel for you sister!!!!!!!!Oh and don't rule out bartering !!!! I babysat for meals (casseroles etc) instead of cash (babysitting doesn't pay much but when ya barter for meals it's a better deal!!) so look to see what you might have to offer - you'd be surprised!!!Oh and I have found Mondays at my grocery store (in the morning) they mark down the stuff that will expire soon both meat and produce and also dairy so watch for that in your local store!!! Check with social services they usually know of other ways to get food for those who can't  get by on just food stamps (thats how I learned of Angel Food ) If I can think of anything else will post again !!!

Comment by Lisa on December 15, 2010 at 1:08pm

OK you guys, Agricenter Int'l is located here. I was looking up their info for resources and have decided that is a bad idea... they are backed by Monsanto along with others. I guess it's really no big surprise.

Comment by Lisa on December 15, 2010 at 12:07am

Oh and may I add- the ideas?! Spectacular! I had forgotten that some retailers would hand out day olds and cast offs. Did you know? Every morning I drive my husband to work we drive behind the Super WalMart. And every morning they are dumping carts and carts of all kinds of food!!

I wonder if the Whole Foods around the corner would be willing to hand over some cast offs? Hmmm

As for the university- we've got a few around here. I'll begin making those calls tomorrow.

Comment by Lisa on December 15, 2010 at 12:01am

I just wanted to post a great big huge THANK YOU. We still don't know anything yet but to be able to come here and see the support and feel the love has helped me make it through today.

It has been an otherwise very SAD day, LOL. After seven weeks of high raw my daughter and I feel like someone has run over us with a mac truck. I may be fasting until payday (Friday, thank heavens!).

On the plus side, I managed to sell our coffee table, so there's a little fruit, a little green.

Comment by Lisa on December 14, 2010 at 12:46pm

I've submitted my request to my church. Now we wait.

Comment by Mary M. on December 14, 2010 at 12:40pm

So, so sorry to hear about your struggles.  I will definitely keep you in my prayers.  And like Penni said, keep us posted.  Catholic Charities is wonderful and might be able to help.  (Don't need to be Catholic.)  They often have a mission that serves meals daily.  Perhaps check that out.  You won't get raw probably but you will get food made by loving hands.  Salvation Army, perhaps, as well.  And definitely your own church if you have one.  They often keep funds for this sort of thing.



Comment by Hot Ta-Molly on December 14, 2010 at 9:45am

Panera Bread gives their day old bread to non-profit organizations.   If you have one local, ask if a group picks up and see if you can get in their group to receive bread.  Also, ask your local grocer if they would let you take their not-so-pretty produce away for them.  We have an acquaintance who gets older produce for her chickens but she goes through it first and takes out what her family can eat first.

Comment by Mae Jardine on December 14, 2010 at 7:35am

Hello Dear: Please remember your local Library. Our local Library has a coupon box swap to help each other stretch the grocery dollar. Create a little logbook of the products you use & how much they cost at your usual shopping center. Keep that with you at all times. This is the easiest way for me to comparison shop & know where to buy what the cheapest. Talk to the local Chamber of Commerce, explain your need for help & see if they have any ideas. It is Christmas time & perhaps the merchants have a program going that the churches and state aid are not aware of yet. I started using Chia seeds as a way for extra nutrients & to control acid reflux. A side benefited was learning they create a sensation of feeling full for me. I’m not suggesting you use them as daily meal replacements but they have also helped me maintain that full feeling when I’m tempted to be a nervous eater. If you are interested, Friend me with your mailing address. I will be happy to mail you some of mine for you to try. I’ve walked in the shoes you are walking now & am keeping you in my thoughts & prayers, Mae.

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