to have put a packet of penguins in the foodbank trolly?

(109 Posts)
bubblesinthesky Tue 09-Apr-13 09:41:11

Our local asda has a foodbank trolly and I usually try to put something in when I shop there. Normally its tins or pasta but yesterday for a change I picked up a box of shreddies. I also saw penguins were on special offer so thought I'd get a packet of those too as I thought someone with children may appreciate them for a change.

As I put them in the trolly a woman walked up with a tin of kidney beans and another of mixed beans and said "haven't you read the sign they want nutritious food only, no point giving them unhealthy food". I muttered something about people needing a treat occasionally and went on my way.

Its still irritating me this morning so thought I'd put it to the AIBU jury

xigris Tue 09-Apr-13 17:04:42

The food bank I went to today said that other things they need are toiletries, sanitary towels / tampons, nappies, wipes etc. I'm by no means loaded but I'm going to start buying a couple of extra bits each time I go shopping (including penguins / kitkats!) then drop it off to them once a month. Mrsjay I really want a kitkat now!

AnnoyingOrange Tue 09-Apr-13 17:08:25

This is the Trussell Trust Shopping list

Please help feed local people in crisis by buying items from the list below and donating them to your nearest foodbank, thank you!

Milk (UHT or powdered) Sugar (500g)
Fruit juice (carton) Soup
Pasta sauces
Sponge pudding (tinned) Tomatoes (tinned) Cereals
Rice pudding (tinned) Tea Bags/instant coffee Instant mash potato Rice/pasta
Tinned meat/fish Tinned fruit
Jam
Biscuits or snack bars

The Trussell Trust foodbanks provides a minimum of three days non-perishable emergency food to local people in crisis. All food given out is donated by the local community.
We work in partnership with frontline care professionals to identify people in need.

Thank you

http://www.trusselltrust.org/resources/documents/foodbank/ShoppingList.pdf

AnnoyingOrange Tue 09-Apr-13 17:09:24

Lost a bit of formatting there, sorry

EmmaBemma Tue 09-Apr-13 17:12:19

At the supermarket I go to, the local foodbank hands out a shopping list. One Saturday it was almost entirely Fray Bentos products! I doubt they're very nutritious, but I bunged in a Steak and Kidney and Chicken and Mushroom pie anyway.

Geeklover Tue 09-Apr-13 17:19:28

Have only read the beginning and end of the thread but yanbu.
My friend has just come out the local refuge into her own home with 3 children. She was delighted to get a parcel from the local place running a food bank. It was a huge help at a stressful time.
It did include a couple of packets of plain and tuc biscuits as well as enough basics for a couple of meals.
She was genuinely delighted and it was nice to have a wee biscuit in there as well.

Ragwort Tue 09-Apr-13 17:26:07

YANBU at all.

Our local foodbank (at which I volunteer) - is literally swamped with things like tinned kidney beans/dried pasta and rice which many clients really don't want - those sorts of things take a lot of time & effort to cook and many people don't even have a cooker or enough money to pay electricity bills.

Today we had lots of pot noodles to hand out which were very gratefully received grin. I think it rather smug to assume that we should just be handing out wholesome, nutritious food.

I always personally buy tinned fruit/veg and biscuits - not necessarily Penguins grin.

ReluctantBeing Tue 09-Apr-13 17:27:28

Someone will be extremely happy to get them. She w as unreasonable.

MsBella Wed 10-Apr-13 02:13:03

The woman seems to me like she was kind of not thinking of the poor people as people if that makes sense. Yes of course nutrition is important but they will love treats! When I had to use the food bank these things were greatly appreciated but it was mostly pasta and rice and beans at the time (not that I'm complaining!) A little thing can lift your/your dcs spirits!

MechanicalTheatre Wed 10-Apr-13 02:31:04

Seriously, if I do not eat biscuits and chocolate, I go nuts. It actually depresses me.

And kidney beans, what the fuck? If I got a tin of kidney beans, I'd be like "yay, but, er what am I gonna do with these?"

I am an ok cook, but unless you have something in the cupboard to put with the kidney beans, you're not going to get very far. Unless you dunk them in your tea, YUM.

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