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Best Foods to Donate to Food Banks

When the holiday season rolls around, the restaurant shelving at food banks gets full. In fact, in a lot of cases, the donations account for around half of food supplies for the rest of the year. We thought that we’d share information about what to donate to the food banks.

What’s in demand?

  • Peanut butter
  • Canned fish
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned vegetables

Stay away from

  • Ramen noodles
  • High sugar cereals
  • Junk food
  • Home-canned foods
  • Food packaged in glass jars

Food banks can’t take food that has expired, either. It’s mentioned that you should provide food that you would eat and things which are desired rather than the things which you can’t figure out what to do with. If you’re in doubt about what the food bank accepts, ask them.

Another thing to consider is to simply give money to the food bank of your choice. The reason is that those food banks can get exactly what they need, and they would be able to get the food in bulk. In other words, their dollars have more buying power than retail donations.

Food banks in this country are doing an amazing job of keeping people fed, but they rely upon the donations that you provide. This holiday season, consider giving what you can to your favorite charity of choice. Consider asking your food bank or soup kitchen if they need any equipment?

“The best ways to donate to food banks” was originally published in MarketWatch.


2015-12-26 00:00:00
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