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Groceries From the Senior Center

September 5th, 2021 at 06:11 pm

I mentioned in a previous post that my neighborhood senior center sent members an email notifying us they will be having a monthly food giveaway. The only requirements are that you live in the qualifying neighborhood zip codes and are a senior (age 60 and up) I organized what I will be donating, keeping, and sharing. Here is what I received: 


Donate Items 

1 large (64 oz) bottle of Apple Juice  

2 small snack packs of Welch’s fruit snacks 

1 box of Farina hot wheat cereal 

2 boxes of mac and cheese 

1 can of cheese ravioli 

1 box of devil's food cake mix 

1 large box of instant mashed potatoes 

1 can of red kidney beans 

jar of grape jelly 

1 can of condensed cream of mushroom soup 

jar (15 oz.) of Alfredo sauce 


Keep Items 

package of salted caramel cookies (from the bakery) 

1 individual pack of cheese crackers 

2 Quaker granola bars 

1 small snack size of Ritz cheese crackers 

2 packs of Ramen Chicken Soup 

2 cans of chunk light tuna 

box of graham crackers 

half of a bakery marble cake (gave this to my neighbor) 

1 can of white chicken 

1 package of Market Street Chunk Chicken Breast 

1 small can of Carnation evaporated milk 

2 cans of vegetarian beans 

1 box of Quinoa blend 

1 can of pears 

1 can of tomato sauce 

1 can of condensed tomato soup 

1 can of sliced peaches 

1 can of condensed vegetable soup 

1 can of diced tomatoes 

1 can of chili with beans 

1 box of honey nut cheerios 

1 box of rigatoni 

1 box of thin Barilla spaghetti 

2 lbs. of ground beef 

2 lbs. of American cheese (I will be sharing this with my brother) 

1 jar of peanut butter 

1 loaf of rye bread 

6 Kaiser rolls (gave these to bff) 

2.5 lbs. of frozen peas (gave half of these to bff) 

1 small chocolate parfait 


Personal Care Items (all keep) 

2 Palmolive bath bars 

2 rolls of TP 

1 tube of hand cream 

1 tube of lip balm 

1 large nail file 

1 pencil eye liner (gave this to bff) 

1 bottle of laundry soap (64 oz.) 

I large bottle of 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner 


75% of this was from my local grocery store chain; it was their store brand or still had their labels on it. Everything was very fresh, and nothing was expired. Some meals I have planned to make are pea soup, chili, grilled cheese and tomato soup, PB&J sandwichtuna and chicken salad. I already used some of the ground beef to make some meat sauce for spaghetti. I had stopped buying ground meat because it is just too expensive now. 


It makes me very happy and grateful that the grocery stores in my area are donating food to the community instead of just dumping it in the dumpster. This will really help me to reduce my grocery spending. I will mostly just need to buy some fresh produce, eggs, and chicken on my next grocery trip. 

7 Responses to “Groceries From the Senior Center”

  1. Lots of ideas Says:

    What a nice variety of food. Seems like with careful planning that is a month’s worth of meals for a single person, except maybe milk, white Bread, eggs, butter.

    It will be interesting to see what next month brings.

  2. james.hendrickson Says:

    Dang - thats quite the list!

  3. mumof2 Says:

    that is awesome and must help a lot of people out that need it

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Wow, I wish something like this was happening in my neighborhood!

  5. VS_ozgirl Says:

    What a lovely idea that they’re doing this to help the elderly make ends meet instead of simply dumping their excess!

  6. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    That is a quite nice grocery help....There is a senior center along our daily walk and my husband could have lunch there for free, but if I want to join him for lunch, I think it costs $8 as I am not yet 65.

  7. rob62521 Says:

    Yowza! What a haul! That is wonderful the grocery stores are doing this and are so generous!

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