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  •  Oatmeal doesn't have to be bland. I love a good (9+ / 0-)

    bowl of oatmeal with about half a stick of margerine and about an eighth of a cup of sugar. :-) Seriously, that's how I eat it when I eat it.

    Also, thanks for the Trader Joe's tip. I live in constant fear of ending up homeless so that's helpful info to have. Again, seriously, I really do live with a fear of being homeless and really do appreciate the tip.

    It sure would be great to find out what the real reason is behind this decision. I used to work in a shelter and we relied heavily on donations of this nature. Wonder if there's a way around this policy or if groups who traditionaly donate food could replace the food with cash? Dunno, but this is silly and highly suspect.

    Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

    by JTinDC on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 02:03:40 PM PDT

    •  I'd have a tough time being homeless, since (7+ / 0-)

      oatmeal will never pass my lips, if I have my way.  I spent a good portion of my childhood sitting in front of a bowl of horrid oatmeal, fighting a battle of wills between me and my father.  He came close to giving up, dishing out only about a teaspoon of the stuff for me and then letting me go if I'd eat half.  But even that was unbearable to me, and I generally sat there until the phone rang or something else happened to get him to leave the room for a minute; then I'd dump it in the garbage quick and he'd pretend he thought I'd eaten it, so I could go to school.  I was late Every day.  People keep trying to convince me to try it, that I'll like it.  But I know I'd never be able to choke it down.

      "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

      by gustynpip on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 02:23:55 PM PDT

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    •  It's one anecdotal report (6+ / 0-)

      From a somewhat questionable source.
      NY City Harvest is a model for this kind of thing, and their website doesn't indicate any sudden radical changes preventing donations of food. They do have some common sense safety guidelines that it's all too easy for such groups to run afoul of - length of time out on the buffet, food already served and partially consumed, etc.

      from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

      by Catte Nappe on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 02:37:31 PM PDT

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