Food pantries appreciate donations this time or any time of the year. Many people receiving donated food have health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure. When making donations, you can donate non-perishable foods that are healthy choices such as:
►Whole grains – foods such as whole grain pasta, brown rice or whole wheat couscous are some examples to choose from. Whole grain options for breakfast cereals are oatmeal, oat cereal or shredded wheat squares. Whole grain crackers, especially reduced fat, is another choice. Low-fat graham crackers or animal cookies are also a good choice for a donation.
►Other foods you might consider donating: low-sodium soups, canned chili, fat-free pudding mixes, spices.
Remember to check the sell-by or use-by dates before donating food.
Another alternative that food pantries appreciate is a donation of cash. They use this money to buy healthy foods not available for distribution.
Looking for more tips for donating food? See Give a gift of food on the MissouriFamilies website.
Contributor: Ellen Schuster, M.S., R.D., Associate State Specialist, University of Missouri Extension, firstname.lastname@example.org, 573-882-1933