Archive for Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Just Food says its shelves are nearly bare

July 30, 2014


Just Food, which is the food bank in Douglas County, is appealing for donations.

"July is one of our busiest times of the year and it has wiped our shelves clean of almost everything," the organization said in a news release.

A donation of $10 will ensure three families in Douglas County have food for a week, while a donation of $50 will help 12 families, the group said.

Donations of money are preferred to food donations because Just Food receives wholesale prices and doesn't have to pay sales tax when it purchases food.

To send a donation, the group's mailing address is:

Just Food of Douglas County

1000 E. 11th Street

Lawrence, Kan. 66046


Philipp Wannemaker 3 years, 5 months ago

Think that if Jeremy Farmer and what he is doing on City Council was not connected to Just Foods, i could donate. I have before, but just can't now because of Jeremy.

Sherry Warren 3 years, 5 months ago

You could give food and/or funds to help hungry people by donating to Ballard Center or Trinity Episcopal food pantries if that fits your politics better.

Leslie Swearingen 3 years, 5 months ago

Seriously? You would rather see adults and children go hungry rather than help them because you don't like Jeremy Farmer? No. This is not about Mr. Farmer, this is about people who are in need, this is about poor families who restructure budgets during the summer because their children are no longer receiving lunch at school.

As far as I am concerned doing the right thing does not hinge on whether or not you like someone.

Leslie Swearingen

Thomas Bryce Jr. 3 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for the Link Olaf. Done. I encourage anyone who can to do the same.

Leslie Swearingen 3 years, 5 months ago

Thank you Olaf. I will be donating online. LJS

Brock Masters 3 years, 5 months ago

Referring to people as elitist is not a good way to garner support.

Sherry Warren 3 years, 5 months ago

I am confused. To what are you referring?

Scott Morgan 3 years, 5 months ago

Not the Scott Morgan running for office.

Serious question.

Many moons ago I knew a young lady with child whom was a friend in high school circa 1970s. . No hubbie, and the gal didn't have a job. Good person, just a run of bad luck. Would stop to check in on her from time to time. One thing her friends didn't worry about was groceries.

Her cabinets and fridge were full of govt. surplus food, plus what she thought was overgenerous amounts of food stamps fed her and child well. To be honest she gave away foodstuffs due to not having the room. She had huge tins of peanut butter, blocks of cheese, fruit juices, milk, and more. Question. Is this not the case anymore.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 years, 5 months ago

For some reason they don't do the food surplus thing anymore. I'm not sure why. Perhaps grocers hated it, because they made more money from the food stamp program. I had a friend who worked for the surplus program and they did educational tours to teach people how to make nutritious meals with the surplus. Now it's just food stamps, and the program has been cut.

Brad Hightower 3 years, 5 months ago

"Donations of money are preferred to food donations because Just Food receives wholesale prices and doesn't have to pay sales tax when it purchases food.

What's more efficient, Just Foods having people drop off food at their location and have off site food drives collect the donated food and deliver it to Just a Foods warehouse where their staff can then sort it and package it, ready for pick up or give them money to spend, with no restrictions on whatever they want.

Did Just Foods board of directors approve such a request (cash only). Who are the current board members.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 years, 5 months ago

Money might be more efficient, because they could buy what is most needed; for example, if they still had 100 cans of peas, they could buy corn and green beans. Also maybe they get a discount for buying in bulk. I know when I'm donating the food I try to pick out a variety, some canned meat or fish, some canned veggies, some canned fruit, cereal. Fresh would be nice, but it doesn't keep, and at least this would be more balanced, but they don't always get a variety when people are donating canned food.

Lindsey Frye 3 years, 5 months ago

As a single mother of two, working educated mother of two I can tell you a few things. 1. Not all of us qualify for food stamps. Truly you have to be pretty low income or have a large family on a small income to qualify for food stamps. I don't. My family uses just foods on occasion to get wonderful produce that I would at times not be able to afford. 2. The hungry people of Lawrence could give a rats ass about anyone's political feelings. If you don't like the city council or what is happens then either run for office or vote or both. The people of this town want to eat and to be happy and healthy. The attitude of some I see on this time line is why good people suffer. It's why people in our country suffer. Please get over your self and your 'politics' and act like a decent human being. My family uses Just foods AND WE GIVE BACK to just foods. What goes around comes around and I feel sorry for those with an attitude of politics. We are humans we are not a political agenda.

Sherry Warren 3 years, 5 months ago

I think I want you to run for office! I like your style!!

Lindsey Frye 3 years, 5 months ago

@sherry if you are refering to me, thank you. I am currently perusing position with the public school board. Who knows what else will pop up :)

Steve King 3 years, 5 months ago

"No restrictions" That's awful cold. Every been there? Know anything about it? Ever worked there? Obviously not. They have 2-3 paid staff and close to 50-60 volunteers. At an orientation I was told their ultimate goal was to go out of business. To no longer be needed. To finally stamp out hunger. I'm humbled to give what little cash I can afford to help them reach their goals. With no restrictions.

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