Food Bank items, many expired or close, changed this town we are moving to
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    Default Food Bank items, many expired or close, changed this town we are moving to

    Not sure my point here. To ask for creative ideas for the food, ask if your town has experienced this? or just to tell this remarkable story. We are almost fully relocated to a lower COLA area in THIS very poor town out in the boondocks. In the forest in a State Rec Area

    Food bank decided to start coming up to bring their "leftovers" to this very small town.
    Massive amounts of food!! Boxes & boxes saying they can "throw it out" Clearly they'll eat it as that's the point.
    What a blessing
    About 100 residents. 60% are dirt poor and look it. Some live down by the river (no not in a van lol).

    Many of the townsfolk do all or most of these, to survive-
    -Gold Miners
    -Hunt
    -Fish
    -Forage for berries/miners lettuce, etc
    -Many live in dilapidated old trailers/mobile homes in woods barely able to feed their dogs
    -High crime area so dog(s) are almost a necessity for protection
    - Generally not on welfare but just getting by.
    - Many have Excellent internet & maybe even landline phones but no power except solar & generators.

    About 50 residents take part, the other 50 residents are more well off I suppose. Homeowners, working class, a few are affluent.


    Items donated every month----massive amounts of
    russett potato
    onions
    rice
    Various legumes
    Canned veges (creamed corn, green beans, spaghetti sauce
    pasta

    Every other month or so, everyone is afforded
    1 big box of exp.cereal & oats,
    1 big pkg dried fruit (never expired)
    1 jar peanut butter
    5-7 big cans kidney beans
    5-7 big cans diced tomatoes
    5-7 big cans of black beans
    4-5 tomato paste
    Cans of applesauce
    Raisins

    Often spices partially old like cilantro, parsley, green onions, etc.
    And huge boxes of some vegetable, often it is sweet potatoes which is very welcome by our hunters who make their own dog food.

    Main homemade meals created from the donations
    chilli
    corn bread
    peanut butter /raisin cookies
    spaghetti sauce
    Sweet potato pie
    Potato Chowder soup (with rice, canned beans & corn, russett & sweet potatoes)
    -Split pea or lentil soup


    Homemade dog food recipe (jarred or canned). 5-5 1/2 cups for the big dogs
    -2 cups meat (alternating venison & fish. Deer are in abundance here)
    -a little ground up bone
    -1 cup. Sweet potatoes
    -3/4 c. pears
    -2 eggs
    -1 cup sprouted legumes (usually split pea, lentils), canned green beans

    Amazing is how united the town became. A huge firepit cooks the vermin the hunters shot, sweet potatoes, etc. to make the dogfood together. It takes 3-4 days to complete enough canning to last some months. No refrigeration for some so they use the springs, the cold water coming out of the mine to place their food/dog food in.

    Farmers donate crops ready to expire like many boxes of sweet potatoes used mostly for dog food. Other food banks have difficulty handing out sweet potatoes and some other crops. Folks here are so poor they eat stuff they don't like. Everyone is thin.

    I gathered a bunch up to start tossing the old unused veges & fruit into a compost pile. Our goal of raising meat chickens, having our own spring fed pond with raising our fish, this is good food for them. Hunters should provide us guts to place in plastic buckets w/holes above the pond and chicken coop. Maggots fall out as part of their protein.

    The town is discussing having a CHILI COOK OFF once a year as a fundraiser for the fire dept. Contests, etc..
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    What a terrific story! A chili cook off sounds like fun. I love to make chili in the fall, and mashed sweet potato is a great thickener.

    Here's a few recipes for you:

    https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-smo...sserole-239326

    https://www.bhg.com/recipe/sweet-pot...ack-bean-stew/

    https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/...recipe-1950779

    https://bakeatmidnite.com/spanish-rice-black-beans/
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    Lentil stew used to be a favorite, but DH doesn't care for it so I have not made it in a long time. This recipe calls for kielbasa but you can use any kind of sausage. I know when you hunt or raise your own there aren't many steaks on an animal, but there is always sausage! Ham works too.

    https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/...e-lentil-stew/
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    Wow. That's wonderful that they are receiving so many donations. It sounds like the people are working hard to make the best of their situation. I hope the situation improves.

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