The local food banks need our help!

Today is Tasty Tuesday and we normally post a delicious recipe for you to try but today we’re doing something a little different.

The cupboards are bare at food banks across the area and they need our help.  Many folks remember their food bank donations around the holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.  What people don’t think about is that many families rely on these food banks all year long for their basic necessities. 

The Zone Magazine wants to help!  We will be holding a food drive on:

Friday, October 7th         4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
on the parking lot of the North Cluster Food Bank at
Pine Grove United Methodist Church (Rayville)
19401 Middletown Road
Parkton, MD 21120

The first 150 people to bring a bag of at least five items to the food bank during this time will be given one of our 5″ Zone Magazine footballs as a thank you gift from us for supporting your community.


These are your neighbors, your children’s classmates, the elderly and families in the community that need your help! 

Everyone needs a hand now and then.  So, as you prepare your next meal, pack your next lunch or enjoy your next snack – think about how you could make a big difference in the community by donating just a few items every now and then to the food banks that work so hard to provide these folks with food and necessities each and every week!

What Should I donate?

As we said, the cupboards are bare so anything is appreciated, but here are a list of suggestions.  If you are pulling items from your pantry, please check the expiration date.  The food can not be distributed if it has passed its expiration date.

  • Canned meat – tuna, salmon, spam, vienna sausage, corned  beef hash, chicken, sloppy joe, deviled ham, potted meat, sardines, etc.
  • Canned veggies – corn, peas, asparagus, beets (green beans aren’t needed at this time)
  • Fresh produce – consider sharing squash, potatoes, etc. from your garden
  • Canned fruits of all kinds
  • Canned beans of all kinds
  • Fruit Juices of all kinds
  • Paper Products – paper towels, tissues, napkins
  • Personal Care Products – toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, soap, feminine care, etc.
  • Cleaning Products
  • Pet Products
  • Monetary donations are welcome – a great option if you don’t have time to shop.

Please also consider donating things such as Halloween Costumes (there are many children that visit the food bank) and Winter Coats (all sizes) but please make sure they are clean and in good condition.

We really hope you can join us.  We’d love to be able to say that our readers worked together to restock the North Cluster Food Bank.  Help us to fill this basket!

If you can’t stop by on Friday, please consider making a donation to this or another food bank in your area, at your convenience.  They ALWAYS need donations and would be glad to tell you what their current needs are if you give them a call.


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One Response to The local food banks need our help!

  1. Anonymous says:

    thanks Jen – lets hope this inspires folks to donate — others from Sunday are also donating already

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