We have documented our shopping trips for the Penny Experiment. When it came time to choose a food bank to donate to, Amee and I felt that it was really important to choose a local charity. We want the food to go to people in need in Fluvanna county.
I had the pleasure of meeting with one of our loyal followers, Mary, for coffee last week. Mary informed of the extreme poverty in certain areas of Fluvanna county. I had never been to the towns she spoke of. I really had no idea of the poor conditions that some people live in right in our backyards.
Monticello Area Community Action Agency or MACAA works to eradicate poverty. MACAA has a rural outreach program in Fluvanna, Nelson and Louisa counties. They provide food, clothing and financial help with utilities and medical emergencies. MACAA not only accepts food donations but they have thrift shops in each of the three counties. The thrift shops are taking donations and 100% of the proceeds goes to helping those in need financially. The neat part about MACAA is that those needing assistance have to live within the county. That means everything we donate will stay local.
So, I loaded up my car with all of the food we collected in five shopping trips and items I had intended for Goodwill. Once I found out about the MACAA thrift shop, I decided to donate my unwanted household goods there.
When I arrived at MACAA, I wanted to get a picture of my boys helping me carry the items in. Unfortunately, they were having a severe case of being shy!
MACAA was unable to take the yogurt and tea that we had purchased. At this time they only have space for freezer items and non-perishable goods. So, we will deduct .90¢ from the total money spent. So we originally reported that we spent $13.70- it should be $12.80. The amount saved should be $77.62. So that’s $90.42 worth of food for only $12.80!
If you are a local, please stop by MACAA and make a donation. The workers are wonderful! My boys and I spent some time in the thrift shop and made a few purchases. Most of the thrift store items are marked down to 50% off right now!
Thanks to Jeffrey at the Penny Experiment for the motivation for this project! We will be continuing to collect food items for MACAA.