Other Tips


Bags — all contents should be packed in a clear plastic bag. It should be easy for the hungry person to carry and quickly see the contents that remain.

Containers — all food and drink containers should be easy to open. For example, pop-top or screw on lids, etc.

Expiration Date — include an expiration date for each “Reach One Bag.” Write it in permanent marker on the outside of the bag (you don’t have to write the words “Expiration Date” but include a date on the bag). Your expiration date should be not more than 30 days from the day you packed the bag. You should give the bag to a hungry person within 30 days of packing it, especially if you’re keeping it in your car on hot, summer days. By the way, if you can’t find a hungry person within 30 days, you’re probably not looking very hard.

In Your Vehicle — since most of us are likely to encounter hungry people while we are in our vehicles, carrying a “Reach One Bag” in your vehicle makes sense. Furthermore, if you have a “Reach One Bag,” you don’t have to figure out what to do if you pull up to a light and there is a person standing there with a sign. Just “reach for your bag and reach that person for the Lord.”