About ten years ago I lived in a shed in a friend’s grandparents’ backyard. I didn’t have enough money or support to take care of myself so they let me live there rent-free for nine months to get back on my feet. During this time I became lactose intolerant because I didn’t have a way to refrigerate food. I primarily lived off carbs, fruit, water, and veggies via shift meals at the restaurants I worked.
My life is a lot different now and I definitely have a lot to be grateful for: I own my home, have a steady job (a few actually), a great partner, and generally okay fur babies. I still remember what it was like to scramble to figure out how to feed myself and the way I give back is bread donations to the many Athens’ Little Free Pantries (LFP).
Thinking you don’t have enough money to donate bread? You do! Almost every grocery store with a bakery has an over bake section. When I grocery shop I swing by the over bake and grab the healthiest bread they have. Usually this doesn’t cost me more than $2 to purchase. (See the pic above? This bag cost me $0.99 for 4 whole wheat bollilo rolls, aka demi baguettes).
If you have more than $2 to spend head over to the reduced cost section where items have passed the expiration date, one item in a pack is missing, or the store is phasing something out. I try to grab items that don’t need to be heated or refrigerated in case the person grabbing the item doesn’t have access to hot water or a refrigeration system. Baby food, grab-and-go oatmeal, protein shakes, and canned veggies are all great options.
We have many Little Free Pantry locations in Athens to drop these items off and all of them usually need materials. I recommend the LFP in front of the Athens Area Homeless Shelter on Barber Street as it’s typically empty. Happy giving!