Even the greediest corporations love to put their name on charitable causes, and one of corporate America's favorite acts of charity is the holiday canned food drive.
Alameda County Community Food Bank
But the Community Food Pantry Bank of McKinney Director Carol Bodwell has a polite suggestion to the corporations organizing those drives: Consult with the local food bank before you deliver 1,200 cans of cranberry sauce and ramen noodles to their door and say, "You're welcome." Because often, the corporation in charge of the canned food drive is so focused on counting how many cans it can collect that it disregards what is actually in the cans.
"Obviously, to them, 500 cans of anything helps them meet headquarters' mandate," Bodwell says. "I would be much happier with just 100 cans of fruit for the children."
That's why last year, when a city of McKinney employee asked Bodwell what her food bank needed for the holidays she gave them one easy request: peanut butter.More »