I went to the food pantry to drop some stuff off (just wanted to clarify in case you were wondering) and the shelves are really bare.
Our community collects statistics on donations so I looked at a few organizations’ historical figures. Donations are way, way down from previous years.
The pantry publishes a list of needed items and it includes predictable foods like mac and cheese, corned beef hash, canned ravioli, pasta, packaged fruit, etc. I was surprised to see it doesn’t include rice, especially given the community demographics. The cost of rice has been skyrocketing; the last twenty-pound bag I bought was more than twenty dollars. For a long time it was around $8. Think I’ll take a couple of bags in the next time I go.