Hunger: the ultimate bite relationship

Bring us a contribution to the Mid-South Food Bank, and we’ll give you a PiperOrtho grocery tote!

At Piper Orthodontics, we give a lot of thought to the “bite relationship”…but what if you couldn’t afford even one crisp apple to bite into?

Food insecurity affects almost 200,000 people in Shelby County. That’s more than 21 percent of our neighbors who don’t have enough to eat. From now until Dec. 18, we are asking our patients to join our food drive for the Mid-South Food Bank.

For every contribution of non-perishable food, we will give you one of our new grocery totes in our signature color, Granny Smith apple green. There will be an age appropriate prize in it too for your child!

Place your items in the logo tote by the check-in screen. Here are some ideas you may not have thought of:

1. Spices.

Think about it. People who rely on the food bank eat a lot of canned food, rice, oatmeal, white bread, etc. Spices are helpful. Seasoned salt, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, oregano, basil and so on.

2. Chocolate.

People don’t need it, but think how nice it would be to be given a chocolate bar or brownie mix along with your essentials.

3. Toiletries.

Grocery stores are great about donating surplus or unsold food, but they have no reason to donate toilet paper, tooth paste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, etc. In Tennessee, food stamps cannot be used to purchase soap or toiletries.

4. Canned meats, jerky and peanut butter.

This isn’t true of all food banks, but some struggle to give users enough protein.

5. Crackers and tortillas.

They don’t spoil and everybody likes them.

6. Baby toiletries.

Diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, baby shampoo, baby soap, baby food, bottles, etc.

7. Soup packets.

Sometimes you look at rice, beans, instant potatoes, and cans of vegetable and think, “What do I make with this?” Hearty soup is a complete meal.

8. Socks.

The most needed and least donated item to shelters. From a former homeless person: “Socks mean the world to you. They keep you warm, make you feel like you have something new, and just comfort you.”

Let’s fill those bags for the Mid-South Food Bank!


Dr. Fred Piper