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:
- 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
- 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.