I had the opportunity to volunteer last evening with my JL council at the Capital Area Food Bank here in DC. Let me tell you this place is incredible! Its a massive warehouse in the district where tons of donations come daily from local churches, community centers, grocery stores, you name it. As fast as the food comes in it goes out, to those in need, shelters, soup kitchens, elderly assistance programs, some is sold for $.19 per pound and even those damaged food items are offered for sale to local farms for animal feed - nothing goes to waste.
As I woke up this morning to snow on the ground I am reminded how many people don't have a warm place to sleep or food to eat and I hope that our efforts last evening helped just a tiny bit.
I am never intentionally wasteful but I am going to make more of an effort to donate those food items that we wont use instead of just pitching them, seeing first hand the other side of those "donate canned goods" boxes was moving.
I am lucky and blessed for such a wonderful life and I must pay it forward:)