It’s not always easy being new in town. When I got here, I found a lot of things were not functioning as I expected. For example, the Internet just barely puts out a signal at the library -when it does work. Another problem is with the food bank system.
I typed “food bank canby” into Google search and got 3 places. I went to the Canby Alliance Church first since they are on the top of the search results. When I got there, they said they offer food every 3rd Saturday of the month, but allowed me to look at their food choices on the Monday I showed up. I left with nothing. Everything they had was with added sugar. So, they were not much help.
Then I went to the Canby Center, which is open at 11am and talked to a lady at the desk. I asked where their food bank is and she said that its open on Tues from 11 to 2pm. I even made sure that I heard her right by using a pen and paper to write the times down in front of her and confirming the times.
The next day I show up at the Canby Center at 11 and was told that I’m just in time for the Harvest Center. I said that I was there for the food bank but was told there is no food bank here, just a harvest center. Then the lady starts telling me how the volunteers travel around and collect rotten food from the grocery stores. I didn’t understand how it wasn’t a food bank and pressed her for more information.
They were bringing food outside the building and piling it into bins for anyone to take while we talked. It took a few minutes of talking and asking the same question again and again until she said that they open early at 9am to distribute food. Apparently I was given the wrong time for food distribution, but I arrived just in time for the scraps of the scraps. She kept insisting she was not running a food bank, but a harvest center instead.
I think they are changing the language a little bit to deter strangers, not from around the area, from taking food excessively. Maybe you have to use more secret words that get you inside the loop.