The poor don't get a vacation,
as our priest reminded us the other day.
During March and April our church is collecting
canned meat goods for the St Vincent DePaul food pantry.
These would be items such as tuna, pasta with meat, soups with meat,
Spam and chili with meat, etc. And, as a bonus,
someone or some organization is matching what we collect,
either in cash or product!
Even if your organization isn't actively donating,
pick up a few extra cans each shopping trip
and donate to a local food pantry.
It doesn't have to be brand name, I'm sure the hungry
will appreciate anything you can spare.
I also tend to add a few cans of pet food too, just in case.
(Before anyone complains that you shouldn't have pets
if you can't afford them, sometimes the poor become poor very quickly,
perhaps through the loss of a job or sudden health issues.)
The poor might be your neighbors and you may have no idea
how they are struggling, so if you can send a few cans over
to the food pantry, please do.
Don't wait for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The poor are hungry all year long.