The summer months for a foster family with 6+ kids means HUGE grocery bills. We were able to supply our foster families with grocery gifts cards in May but that money went fast and their pantries are bare again. With so many kids and teens in each of our 10 (soon to be 11) homes, food is always a great need.
Here is how you can help! Grab an extra few things while grocery shopping OR gather your family, co-workers, neighbors, church friends and collect any of the food items listed below. You can even deliver these items directly to the foster family of your choice for an opportunity to meet the kids who you will be directly supporting with your contribution.
If you are able to help, please contact Amber at 314-842-8400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOOD WISH LIST
~ Meat, Dairy and Bread
Ground beef, chicken breast, hot dogs, eggs, milk, cream cheese, butter, yogurt cups, bread, bagels and tortillas.
On average, a foster family of 6 kids can go through 5 gallons of milk, 5 loaves of bread and 5 dozen eggs per week.
Cereals such as Lucky Charms, Cookie Crisp, Frosted Flakes, Corn Pops, Cinnamon Life, Krave, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, Captain Crunch, Honey Comb, Honey Bunches of Oats, Fruit Loops and Cocoa Puffs.
Other breakfast/snack foods: Granola bars, pop tarts and fruit snacks.
Most of our foster families go though 2 boxes of cereal PER DAY. With the average box of brand name cereal priced just under $4 each, that’s over $50 on cereal alone per week!
~ Fruits & Vegetables
Apples, bananas, oranges, pears, strawberries, watermelon and grapes.
Cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, celery, corn, peppers, onions and potatoes.
Many of the items listed above are easy and healthy mid-day snacks for our kids.
~ Frozen & Misc. Foods
Frozen pizzas, Hot Pockets, chicken nuggets, chicken tenders, burritos, french fries, canned ravioli, spaghetti and mac and cheese and chips/crackers.
For a foster family of 8, three home cooked meals per day is not always an option. Quick meals are a go-to for our foster families during the summer months.