We are really big on teaching our kids about giving (I wrote a post about it last December that you can find here), but it was still a sweet surprise when S asked if we could please do something for the homeless people we sometimes pass on the street. I wanted to maximize the effect of what we could do, so I settled on $10 as our price point. I considered shelf life, lack of access to refrigeration/heat sources, nutrition, and ease of preparation when putting this together. I also wanted it to be easy for others to put together in case any of you would like to do this project with your children.
I settled on Target, because I know their brand, Market Pantry, has exceptionally low prices. Walmart or a local grocery store with their own brand would also work well. I also thought about packaging - I wanted to make use of every part of the care package. I settled on putting everything in a reusable grocery bag as that would continue to be useful as a strong storage bag even after the food was consumed.
We bought the following per $10 Care Package:
one 2.5 pound jar of Market Pantry Peanut Butter ($4.39)
one box of Market Pantry Wheat Crackers ($1.50)
two pouches (rather than cans, since most homeless people won't have access to can openers) of Tuna Fish ($1.24 each)
one 6-pack of Market Pantry raisins ($1.29)
one reusable grocery bag ($0.99)
If you'd like, here's a Free Printable Shopping List of the above items (plus ideas for more).
If you'd like to add some additional food, cereals, granola bars, nuts, and other dried fruits or meats would all be great choices.
S helped me assemble each kit and load them into our car. She also helps me hand the kits out.