I received a blue bag with my mail a couple of days ago. The US Postal Service provided them to everyone to encourage food donations. If you filled the bag and left it by your mailbox Saturday morning, the postal carrier would pick it up and deliver it to a food shelf.

I went to my pantry to see what I had to donate. It seemed that most things I picked up were past their freshness date. Um, like 10 years past, in some cases. I filled up over 2 bags of garbage.

I went to the cupboard, separate from the pantry, and pulled out some canned goods to donate. I store most of the canned goods in a separate cupboard because there isn’t enough room in the pantry. Because I’m storing antique food in the pantry.

I really, really need to start menu planning.

This is the pantry, all cleaned out. I didn’t take a “before ” picture, because I didn’t know this was going to turn into such an undertaking.

clean pantry

This is all the cat food that I didn’t realize I had. Bella is set for all nine of her lives.

cat food and garbage

This is the garbage ready to be taken out to the big wheelie bin.

And I filled the blue bag full of fresh canned goods (that’s a bit of an oxymoron) for the food shelf. That puts me at 260 bags to date.

Stay tuned…