@Cerridwyn I ordered penne for myself and for my parents, but I screwed up their ZIP by one digit. I’m almost hoping theirs never shows now that I ended up with 100# of it…
So far theirs has gone from TX-IL-WI-TX-WI-IN-TX-WI, but still the wrong corner of WI
So here’s my story, it is long but fantastic. Back on week two of pasta drop I signed up my sons hockey coach for a pasta drop. I waited for weeks in the anticipation of the day when he received his pasta. The day came and I got a text at 7:05 in the morning that they had just received 80 pounds of linguine. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as hard in bed as I did that morning. There were many phone calls and conversations about how this all went down and everyone thought it was hilarious. At 3:30 in the afternoon when they got a second shipment of 60 more pounds of linguine the funny ha ha turned into “this is funny but annoying.” I thought it switched from funny ha ha to funny hilarious. Well at hockey practice the next day all of the other families received a 10 pound bag of pasta and they thought they were out of the woods and that they just had their 1 10 pound bag left.Only three days later they received their last shipment of another 80 pounds of linguini. 220 pounds of pasta in total. All of the hockey families, myself and even the recipients had many a laugh and many a linguini recipe shared. The recipient swore to me that payback would be coming. Little did I know that I would be the one that set that ball in motion.
The family that I sent the pasta drop to is hosting a Halloween party, I thought it might be funny to go as their mailman as my costume. The thought was, I would get a bodybuilder costume and put a mail carrier shirt over it and show up to the party carrying a pasta drop box. The only problem was that I didn’t have a pastadrop box. So I went to the source and asked Pastadrop if they could send me a couple of empty boxes for my costume. I received an email back saying that they would see what they could do about the boxes but no promises. Two days later I received eight texts with shipping notifications from FedEx each with a different tracking number. My immediate reaction was “oh dear what have I done?” All my fears and all my joy were realized today when I showed up and there were eight pasta drop boxes on my doorstep each containing 20 pounds of pasta.I don’t know why I would’ve expected Meh! and pasta drop to do anything different than what they did. It is the greatest final chapter in the pastadrop story that I could’ve written. Thank you Pasta drop and thank you Meh! for all of the joy you have brought to me, my family and my friends.
The best part of Pasta Drop for me were all the people who would’ve gone hungry during the pandemic, but were fed with pasta donated to Meals On Wheels and the local food bank. It was a pretty good feeling!
@arfdawg Well you are a nice person. Let’s hope you never need help in your life. Food banks depend partly or fully on donations and Meals on Wheels is also dependent on donations - about 70%. @cwolfpack3 did a very nice thing that helped a lot of people. Not sure why you have a stick up your butt.
@arfdawg as someone who is 1. elderly, 2. on a fixed income, 3. has disabilities, and 4. could not risk exposure to COVID during the pandemic, I appreciated very much the services of our local Meals on Wheels and our Food Bank. Meals on Wheels also serves people who are not elderly who have disabilities and are basically shut in.
Next time, before anyone gets snarky, please check your facts. And it’s always a good policy to err on the side of being kind.
Giving my Pasta Drop bounty to them was only a small way that I could repay them and pay it forward for others. And it made me happy. No troll on Meh is going to take that away from me.
@cwolfpack3@Kidsandliz Your intentionally derogative comments says more about YOUR “nice” component than mine. Plus, it has nothing to do with the truth I said. Pasta triggers diabetes 2. You’re not doing anyone a service by feeding them poison. Your virtue signalling is killing them.
@arfdawg@cwolfpack3 Here you go. Science. April 2021 published in a peer reviewed journal. From the conclusions section:
“Pasta meal intake did not have adverse effects on long-term diabetes risk and may be associated with significant reduced risk of stroke and ASCVD. The potential benefit of substituting pasta meal for other commonly consumed starchy foods on cardiometabolic outcomes warrants further investigation in additional high-quality and large prospective studies of diverse populations.”
So while eating pasta does not contribute to developing type 2 diabetes, yes it is true you need to limit it more if you already have diabetes. You, though, were claiming it contributed to developing it.
If we learned anything from Covid, it’s that there is no science any more. So who PAID for this “peer” reviewed study? Barilla? And you buy this garbage?
Funding: MH and SL were partly supported by fund donated to Brown University by Barilla
It’s a study of women.
You like posting phony “facts” of trumped up studies from the internet, paid for thru grants by the corporations that have a vested interest in the results. Here’s some real data for you and there is not one doctor alive who will refute any of it:
One pasta meal is not the same as a high carb diet day after day after day. We are not talking about the same thing here. All that donated pasta isn’t going to one person. With Meals on Wheels it is one meal for a person. At the food bank it is likely one pound for a family, which is one meal for a family of 6, 2 meals for a family of 3… Not exactly the same as eating that daily.
@arfdawg@Kidsandliz Who says that I didn’t also do that? The question/subject here was what was the best part of Pasta Drop for each of us who were a part of that. Not “what did you donate to improve access to quality nutrition for those who hunger?”. I answered the question given, based upon my personal, authentic experience.
@arfdawg@cwolfpack3 I have a food bank I started. I have used food banks. You limit what you give any given person/family. No one is going to get more than one package of pasta. You just don’t have enough of anything in a food bank to do that. I know from experience I can make spaghetti for 6 with a pound of spaghetti noodles and a pound of hamburger meat. Meals on Wheels serves the same meal to everyone that day. Likely they’d use all the pasta they have to create a big pot of spaghetti to give out. As a result one meal. THAT is how I now how much you’d get would serve.
People donate what they have to donate. The hundreds of pounds of pasta that @cwolfpack3 was not paid for by the pound. For the pasta drop you had no idea how much you were going to get for the amount you paid. And in many cases it was sent to the person who got pasta by someone else (the someone else who paid for it). That person is not the only one who donated a ton of “excess” pasta. Meh did not do a canned vegetable or fruit drop. If they had then I am reasonably sure the excess of that would have been donated.
It is up to people to choose what they eat. At any food bank I have been to you can give back what you don’t want. At the one I started and run I let people chose what they want from the tables with limits on how much of any given thing they can choose (that is true at some other food banks too but certainly not all of them). Perhaps you should blame the food banks and Meals on Wheels for even accepting the food. And then blame the people who got it for taking it? After all people have free will.
Instead of trashing people for donating food they don’t want rather than put it in the trash, maybe think about the fact that in many cases it helped provide a meal for someone or a family who otherwise would have nothing to eat for that meal. Hunger and starvation isn’t a good thing either. AND people can choose to accept or refuse donated pasta or a meal made from that. Based on what you are saying I hope you are donating hundreds of pounds of canned fruit and vegetables to these places.
What @cwolfpack3 did was a generous thing that helped adults and kids have a meal they otherwise wouldn’t have had. THAT, in and of itself, is a good thing. People, and especially kids, need to eat enough daily. Otherwise they struggle in school, malnutrition damages developing brains… And carbohydrates are part of a healthy diet. Just about anything eaten in excess is bad for you. A family having one or two pasta meals or someone using Meals on Wheels having one isn’t exactly eating this stuff in excess.
@arfdawg Really? Not one? Where is the citation for that? LOL I hope for your sake you only have a limited number of topics where you don’t believe in science, otherwise the odds are you won’t get the best medical care amongst other things.
I’m done. Science is like gravity. It works all the time not just when you want it too. Clearly there is a segment of society that doesn’t believe that despite taking advantage of advances in science. Perhaps then one should live the caveman existence so that you know what life was like without all the medical and other advancements that came about due to science?
@Kidsandliz You were done before you started. If you are too lazy or too dumb to do some research and find out who’s funding the studies you cling to, that’s your problem. You’re uniformed and live like a blind lemming. You blindly believe a study PAID FOR by BARILA – a GIANT pasta maker that (Surprise Surprise) says eating pasta doesnt trigger diabetes? That’s a laff and a half. Not very smart on your part.
Science no longer exists. Science is testing a hypothesis and getting hte same result over and over. What passes for “science” are studies that are loaded upfront to come out a certain way because the grant givers want those results. Keep wearing your mask that does nothing. It suits you.
@arfdawg@Kidsandliz If eating pasta caused Type 2 diabetes, wouldn’t Italy, China, Korea, and other countries that eat a lot of pasta and noodles have had rates approaching 100% in the centuries since pasta was created? There are a lot of factors that combine to cause diabetes, not all of them related to one’s diet. Too much of anything is bad; even too much water can kill you. You’re oversimplifying a complex condition.
@Kidsandliz@lisagd Do you realize your musings are that of a simpleton? China has the highest diabetes rate in the entire world! Know what else contributes to diabetes? Aging. So giving pasta to the lederly is like putting a lit match on dynamite. This stupidity is ASTOUNDING.
@Kidsandliz@lisagd@tinamarie1974 Thanks for relying on yahoo for your info. id you also know that Korea and Italy actually dont eat many noodle dishes? Asian noodle dishes are largely for Americnan tastes at food establishments run by immigrants from those place. You clearly have never travelled outside your bubble.
@arfdawg@Kidsandliz@lisagd oh, why? Because I stated my truth vs providing facts? That is what you have done on this entire thread. You are spewing garbage, but not backing any of it up with verifiable proof.
Guess you dont like it when people challenge your lack of intelligence.
@arfdawg I honestly can’t tell if you simply stopped learning at twelve, or if you’re actually a sad, kinda dumb twelve year old so desperate for the attention your parents apparently never gave you that you’re trolling meh.
@brainmist it is no use. Clearly @arddaqg is incapable of participating in an inteligent, fact based discussion. When challenged to truly join the conversarion, the response is juvenile and it appears it is important for them to have the last word.
@arfdawg@Kidsandliz You’re pretty arrogant for someone who can’t come up with a better reply than calling someone a simpleton. China has been eating noodles for centuries without an epidemic of diabetes. It’s only in the last few decades that it’s become widespread. How do you explain that?
I’ll tell you how: The rising rate of diabetes in China has the same cause as it does in the rest of the world: the adoption of American eating habits that includes too much fast food, and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. In China, it’s the result of people moving by the millions from the countryside to the cities to work in factories.
Now go back down to your parents’ basement and let us adults have a civilized discussion.
You guys have made a valiant effort at educating the troll du jour with those pesky things called facts. I’m not sure why, but i feel compelled to throw in my 2 cents, as futile as it’s sure to be.
Hey, BARFdawg, get your head out of your ass & pay attention, instead of using your own version of virtue signaling as one who must “save the world from diabetes.” You can keep on repeating the “virtue signaling” mantra like an attention-starved parrot, but you’re just proving you don’t know what it means.
Italians DO eat the most pasta per capita, you can simply Google it to find endless sources confirming it, none of which are backed by Barilla or whatever other dark cabal of pasta pushers your feeble brain can dream up. Despite their substantial intake, they have populations of some of the most long-lived people on Earth. Ever heard of Blue Zones? One of them happens to be Sardinia, & they eat plenty of pasta. Their serving size just happens to be much smaller & they serve it along with other healthy foods, which make up the bulk of their diet.
Before carbs were the dietary boogie man, it was fats. That’s where all the added sugar came from in the American diet today, once they removed all that fat from the food, they decided to add sugar to make it more palatable. The trick is, there is no trick; it is, and always has been, MODERATION. That means that foods are neither “good” nor “evil,” it’s all about your overall intake over time. This very fact is mentioned at the top of the page in the “gold standard” (not) article you linked to from the “world-renowned” (not) Bannister Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing, so maybe you should read the whole article, instead of just the section that Google highlighted for you as you feverishly searched for something to back up your ignorant “alternative facts.”
Your suggestion to donate canned vegetables & fruit is laughable & proves just what a clueless, contrary troll you are: canned veggies have unhealthy levels of sodium & canned fruit is some of the most sugar-laden crap out there. Add to that the fact that the peels are usually removed, and there goes any potentially mitigating fiber. Again, they have their place, but all in moderation. Are you sensing a theme? If not, try reading slower or having your mommy help you with the big words.
TL;DR: Whatever magic food you eat that is SO healthy, i hope you choke on it. There’s certainly no chance of damaging brain cells involved in intelligent thought, but maybe we’ll get lucky & it’ll reduce your hand function just enough to slow your ability to spew out the inane drivel you so enjoy propagating. Anyway, take care & have a pleasant week. Be sure to clean your room so Mommy doesn’t get mad & take your electronics away. That would be such a shame!
The best part was getting a call from my mother in law… and her explaining that a not so thrilled postman had just dropped off 5 20 lb boxes at her house, and that she now had to pull the boxes in the house and that it wasn’t funny. I shouldn’t have done that… Upon looking at my shipments… the order number didn’t match any of my orders. I’m not sure the tracking numbers matched on my boxes either. But…
My MIL got a 100LB drop. I didn’t do it. I am blamed for it and I can’t wait for the one that we did do to arrive :P)
I loved every part of pastadrop including the first day crash. Who would have though people would get so excited. I wound up buying each week. (Most of it went to my pasta buddy. Her poor mailman must hate me.) The ditch and run at the food bank drop box was awesome! Thanks @snapster!
We received pastadrop and still have not figured out from who. But we have laughed with friends, shared with friends, and enjoyed the whole process. I decided today who I would like to send it to only to find out it is sold out and won’t be back. Thank you Pasta Drop for the unexpected joy you gave us.
I ordered one every week ( 2 last week ) and it was a fun and exciting event every time. 3 of them went to my house and 4 to friends and family. So far one friend thought it was hilarious, still waiting on the others to ship but I know they’ll be a big hit. I gotta day though this is some good quality pasta!
My sister still had some of her hundred pounds left this past Christmas, but I think my brother used his up by then; more kids there.
It doesn’t compare to pastadrop but I still keep an eye open for the occasional food bargain on Amazon and send a can or two of long term storage food, or a case of Grandma’s chewy cookies, or Vitamin Water or Body Armor drink… or the cheap! 5 pound bag of green-wrapped Hershey’s Kisses after St Patricks Day; its fun chasing down the occasional super low price (pricing error!) on the 'Zon. True, we get screwed on interstate sales tax these days, but prime ‘free’ shipping makes it pretty easy to send stuff.
The absolute honest-to-god best part was the look on the faces of my local food bank volunteers when I dropped off 30 pounds of penne on them. Their cupboard have been bare since COVID hit, and you’d have thought it was Christmas for them when I pulled the boxes out of the car.
My wife got a drop today (from me) and it’s our 4th delivery. The mailman asked me “What kind of business are you in?”. Not sure what to do with 10 cases of Pasta…we may have gone overboard. I hope my Sister-in-Law appreciates the ones we sent her…
This was a failed experiment on my eyes, since I ordered the first one and waited to see what exactly was going on. Three more drops went by and I didn’t bother ordering anything without really knowing what the deal was.
I did order a second drop for my parents after I received my first one, and that still hasn’t even shipped.
@snapster Well yeah, it obviously was a success in terms of selling pasta. And clearly people enjoyed it so I’m not saying it was a complete failure. It just didn’t deliver it’s full potential. Hell, half (super guessing here) of your drops have yet to be delivered which include a coupon that will never be able to be used. (Which in a way kind of turns into false advertisement…) The idea of getting people to “pay it forward” and create an amazing pasta chain reaction is moot.
Anyway, I’m just being critical because I love you guys and the whole concept itself was amazing.
@snapster So, as an experiment by your gang, what did you learn (other than Pitney-Bowes may not be the best choice as a shipping partner)? Unless, of course, what you learned is proprietary grist for the mill for future endeavors.
Well, I made out more than okay - 40 lbs of spaghettini and 100 lbs of penne, which, for $40, works out to $0.28571428571429/lb, and it’s pretty good pasta.
Factor in the $50 coupons, and basically I was paid $10 for ordering 140 lbs of pasta, bewildering my receipient neighbor, and annoying the mail deliverer.
I would’ve ordered more, but two of the spaghetinni bags were broken (still waiting to see how CS will resolve) and so wanted to see how the penne arrived, and by then it was over
The coupons were great, and I actually bought stuff I wanted on Meh, Mediocritee and Casemates. Now if I can find something, anything on Morningsave or Sidedeal …
@stolicat Users who have reported contact from CS have received a sorry and that’s it. One user posted their e-mail from CS which said the CS rep was directly told “NO” when asked if they could send out replacement to customer.
@Raider I had requested a possible replacement or refund, and after a slow-moving but effective process, I was informed by the very nice CS person that they had nothing to replace the damaged bags with but did give me a refund of the order which was quite nice.
@stolicat I sent CS pictures of my box and bag. Box was torn open on the corner with the pasta sticking out, half the spaghettini was missing. Couldn’t get a replacement, but did get a refund. CS was awesome!
@brainmist@MrHappypants Someone decided to trash a very generous person who donated a pile of pasta to a food bank and Meals on Wheels for reasons best only known to themselves, not to mention supporting their reason with incorrect/non-science based information. No idea why that person decided to do that. I guess they took a double dose of “mean pills” yesterday and went looking to start a fight.