I have been saved by doing volunteer work. I wrote about it here.
Four months on and I am still heading out a few times a week. I used to be that I was heading out 5 out of 7 nights to collect food. The frequency has decreased to 3 or 4 nights a week.
When I get food from the supermarkets, sometimes there is a treat. One night there was loads of whole milk. When I collected it there was plenty for my Syrian families and plenty for the village.
As you can see there was a lot of milk. I kept it in my little fridge over night and set it out in the morning. I was *slightly* worried that there would be some left, but our village met this challenge! It was all gone by 5pm.
Our village and the village next to us are so excellent about helping to prevent food waste.
This week marked the end of me having my mileage costs covered by the village council. As Scotland is moving into phase 3 of the release of lock down, funding for this is drying up. I don't think for a minute that the community is less grateful. I am going to continue to collect and distribute food while there is still a need.
The man of the place and I had a discussion about the cost of collecting the food and distributing it. I would really miss doing this for my community.
When the food is put out, sometimes I find there are special items in the form of entire decorated cakes in the boxes. I set delux items like this to one side for families with small children at home. It is hard to try to keep children entertained and fed during lock-down. Treats start to become a thing of the past. I love seeing the smiles and hear the squeals of delight. It's like Christmas for me.