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How often are these boxes vandalized, and how often do you think they are exploited?
When you paint the outside of the box, they rarely get vandalized. Less than 3 times in 3 years.
Do you think the convenience of the blessing box is its main advantage?
Yes, its accessible 24/7
How often do “slow” weeks occur and what do you do about them?
The last week of the month is the heaviest week because thats when people need help the most.
Is a warning about expiration dates enough to deal with concerns about food safety?
Don’t get canned goods freeze. The blueprints here were made for the Boy Scouts of America and the intention was for water not to freeze in the winter and not over-heat in the summer. Different boxes may vary. Its a good idea to point your box away from the sun and near a visible sidewalk if possible.
And (not to sound rude, as I believe in this idea too), do you think your blessing box/es are more of a fad or a community institution that people will support for a long time?
What are the best types of things to contribute especially now that it is getting colder? Also, is the box for food only or are things like toiletries needed?
Now that its getting colder Hot hands, hats, gloves, socks, microwavable soups, water bottles (they’ll use them to cook with), beef jerky, pb+j sandwiches, basically anything you would enjoy is also great for donating!