As most the folks that have been on here a while know, the bride and I donate extra food to the local Food Bank. We also walk up and down the paths of our complex asking folks for donations if they happen to have extra veg or fruit. The most that we have had this year so far was ten crates full in a day. Today we had seven...which isn't bad. One chap went way-out and washed and arranged his donation and bundled them with twine. This is absolutely not a requirement for donors, but when someone does this...it gets noticed. We gathered it up and placed it in its own crate: Like most donors, he came in especially to harvest and prepare his donation for us. Most folks do not go this far, as I said...although their veg is clean and edible. By "clean" I mean that most of the dirt has been brushed off. They do not remove slugs and dead leaves usually...but if we have time, we do that ourselves before taking the veg in. Sometimes we must help folks harvest if their donations are not quite ready when we do our pick-up route. Today's donations were varied and included many different types of veg. We collect at our allotment complex and this year, we go to a new one. It is smaller, but they manage to collect quite a bit of veg anyway. It is so nice to see folks give their extra veg to the Food Bank instead of just letting it rot in the garden or compost. Here is a foto of two of the Food Bank volunteers that were on duty this morning.The veg that you see is what we collected today. Most of the donations from supermarkets and so forth were already put away. It is a quiet time for donations now as many folks are away on vacations. This donation will go into the cooling immediately and then be given out tomorrow morning.