The Best Foods to Donate to Local Food Banks

It’s always a good time of year to donate to your local food bank. Money and volunteers are almost always needed. Frequently, local supermarkets put large bins by the door for non-perishable donations.

We connected with several food banks, here’s what they said they need:

What’s Good:

  • Canned goods – beans, tomatoes, vegetables, tuna, apple sauce or canned fruit in juice (not syrup), low-sodium soups
  • Dried goods – beans, brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, dried fruits, seeds & nuts, popcorn, spices
  • Broth
  • Shelf-stable milk and milk substitutes
  • Whole grain pasta and pasta sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Olive and canola oil
  • Honey and maple syrup
  • Personal hygiene items – toothpaste, sanitary pads & tampons, shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper, diapers
  • This is exciting, a new website called Ample Harvest connects you to local food banks that will accept your surplus garden produce. Be sure to check it out.
  • Also, keep in mind that everyone needs a little cheer in their lives – coffee, tea, chocolate, and baking mixes go a long way toward helping people feel better.

What to Avoid:

  • Ready-made foods
  • Perishable foods
  • Expired foods

Head out and donate to your local food bank today. You’ll be making a big difference in someone’s life.

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