Montana Jones

Montana n: A state of the northwest United States bordering on Canada. Admitted as the 41st state in 1889. The fourth largest state in the union, it includes vast prairies and numerous majestic mountain ranges.
Syn: Treasure State, Big Sky Country, Last Best Place.

Jones n: slang. An addiction or very deep craving.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Things I have learned volunteering at the food bank

  • You can usually get a little more if you just ask.
  • You can also get toothpaste, soap, diapers, deodorant, tampons and other stuff. But you have to ask.
  • Muffins tend to be more popular than doughnuts.
  • It feels good to give someone something extra that they did not ask for.
  • It is easier to give and to receive when you smile, are courteous, friendly and say thank you.
  • Most of the volunteers are retirees that need something to do, teenagers, or people that have used the food bank and want to give back.
  • In general, rich people tend to donate money, poor people give time and money, and middle class people donate food.
  • Some people have no qualms about donating food that they would not eat themselves.
  • I was surprised at how much meat is given out and how little rice and potatoes.
  • There is little to no effort put into choosing healthy foods. At the food bank edible is more important than healthy.
  • It is frightening how many people don't understand that dented canned goods can be dangerous.
  • It would be political suicide for the health department to audit the food bank. They don't go near the place.
  • The food bank is very clean anyway. Volunteers are constantly cleaning, raw foods are handled with gloves and there is easy access to hand sanitizer everywhere.
  • People with new and expensive clothing do use the food bank, but I have never seen the same person twice. People with worn and cheap clothing are the repeat customers.
  • Creating more rules and regulations with the intent to deter people abusing the system will stop some of the abuse. It will also stop some of the people that need help.
  • People that think the world owes them something are more likely to need a handout.
  • Some of the people that think the world owes them something don't need the handout, but they take it anyway.

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