We took an afternoon and dropped it off.
We went inside and met with some staff members. They had us sign in on the Disney sign in sheet, and then took our items and weighed them. We got a record of our donation for tax purposes and about a week later, we got notification that our Disney ticket vouchers were available to print! What a great deal! Not only will we get a free day at Disney, I am pretty sure we will be donating on a regular basis to this food bank, now that we know where they are located and how everything works. Those Disney folks are smart cookies!
Of course, there was also a lesson to be learned. My sweet children brought the bags in, and the lovely ladies at the food bank started chatting with them about the importance of this particular charity. One lady asked them what they had for dinner the night before, and then gently reminded them that some children didn't HAVE dinner on a regular basis and that all this food was to help those children.
Thinking that this would be a wonderful teaching opportunity, when we got to the car, I asked my middle son, "So, what did you think when that woman told you that some children don't have enough to eat?" I don't know what I was expecting. Maybe something like, "I felt so sad for the poor hungry children." Or possibly, "I felt really good about donating food to the food bank." Nope. A brief moment of silence. "Well, what did you think when she said that?"
My dear, sweet son replied, "I thought, 'DUH, of course I know some kids don't have enough to eat. Why do you think we are dropping off food?' I think that lady was just trying to make us feel guilty."
He really knows how to turn on the charm, eh?