Something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time is take some food down to the foodbank. A few months ago I’d even got as far as going through my cupboards and seeing what I had. Unfortunately, what I had was a cupboard full of tins and packets well past their best before date but I did have a box of gluten-free muesli and a packet of falafel mix. Surely someone would like that? Well, maybe not so much the gluten-free muesli, but everyone likes falafel, don’t they?
I’d heard the foodbank in town had closed down but that the local church was a distribution centre, so I again went through the cupboard and along with the falafel mix and the muesli, I found a can of condensed tomato soup (with the added bonus of it being in an Andy Warhol-esque tin) and also pulled out a tin of baked beans, a slow cooker casserole mix, a tin of chickpeas, a tin of carrots and a carton of orange juice (ssh, don’t tell Shaun I gave away his orange juice to poor people). So far so good, but what did I do once I got to the church? Do I just go in and look for someone to give it to or what? I got to the church and the door was closed. I don’t know if it was closed shut and locked as I was too shy to try, so I decided to leave the bag of food on the doorstep but now I don’t know if I did the right thing or not. I didn’t label it ‘for the foodbank’ or anything so what if a church official finds it but doesn’t want to give away food he or she’s found lying on the doorstep? Have I just thrown away perfectly good food because I was too chicken to go inside and look for someone to ask?