Do wonder what we carry on our van? Volunteers stock the van each day before others come in the morning to make five to seven gallons of coffee, another five to seven gallons of hot water, and make sure that the van is fully stocked for the morning.
We stock the van to feed about 70 people per day. This is the average number of people who come to us looking for food. The following is our “packing list”.
- Top Ramen Noodles, extra carton plus whatever is left over from the previous day
- Laundry detergent, one cup in a zip-lock bag, about 50 bags in the container
- Dog food, one cup per bag, about 40 bags in the container. We don’t always have dog food. Mainly, our volunteers buy it with their own money and give it. The organization does not pay for the dog food. Sometimes we have cat food; also purchased by the volunteers.
- Top Ramen Noodles, one full box
- Crackers, two varieties for the most part
- Granola bars
- Candy, cookies, pies, and other sweets that are available
- Juice drinks of various flavors
- Hot chocolate packages in powered form ready to mix with hot water, one full box plus whatever is left over
- Fruit, such as applesauce, peaches, oranges, or mixed fruit. Sometimes we have fresh fruit, but that has a limited shelf life and we don’t normally like it for that reason.
- Canned goods. Tuna fish, ravioli, chili, beans or most any other “meal in a can” dish goes into the canned goods tub.
The side door has, in no specific arrangement, the following items:
- Hot cereals, usually several flavors. We distribute two packages per day per person. We supply the hot water, cups, and spoons.
- Sugar packets and sugar substitute packets.
- Creamers for the coffee and tea if desired
- Tea bags.
- Hot Sauce
- Plastic Disposable Spoons
- Cups for hot liquids and cereal
In addition to that, we may stock items such as soap, razors, combs, tooth brushes, tooth paste, dental floss, deodorant, cough lozenges, cotton, toilet paper, and feminine hygiene products.
So, there you have it. A fully stocked van ready to go out on its daily mission.