My family helps out at a local food bank. My boyfriend and teenagers will help distribute the food. Along with other duties. Such as filling up food boxes. Or helping out with the paperwork. To loading the food boxes in to people’s vehicle.
My family uses the local food banks to get extra food in our home. That way food lasts all month. I have recipes on my personal website from meals I have made that I have received from the local food banks.
Many people depend on food banks to help stretch their food budgets. Sometimes getting food from a food bank is the only way many families will eat that night.
Here is a list of things that food banks need donated. As food banks do hand out more than food to needy people and families. See below for more details.)
Money – You can always donate money to your local food banks. Food banks have places where they can buy food and supplies in bulk at cheaper prices. Compared to regular stores. Thus making the money go further by purchasing more products.
Crackers, popcorn, tortillas sliced bread, and loaves.
Canned veggies – Donate your families favorites. Not only green beans.
Canned fruits – Please donate something other than applesauce. It seems to be the only canned fruit my local food banks hand out.
Canned meats or nuts – Tuna, salmon, mackerel, chicken, beef, spam etc. Many food banks don’t have a way to keep foods frozen. They depend on canned meats or nuts.
Condiments – Ketchup, mustard, mayo, peanut butter, or salad dressing. Many families don’t have extra money to spend on condiments to help make their food taste better.
Holiday foods – Donate towards the holidays. Canned pumpkin, jello boxes, stuffing mixes, etc. The simple holiday theme products maybe the only way a family can create a holiday meal.
Oils – Something one needs to make home cooked meals. It can be expensive. So, donate canola, coconut or olive oil’s.
Juice – Juice boxes, pouches or cans.
Canned soups or packets. Easy to heat up or make on the go for homeless people.
Powdered milk, evaporated milk, or pouches of milk.
Donate snacks for kids lunches or after school snack.
Eggs – With prices as high as they are. Many families have stopped buying eggs to add to their families meals.
Boxed meals that need milk, water, or egg. Do not donate box meals that need more ingredients. Such as hamburger. Why? If the food bank is not handing out hamburger. The box meal will be a waste.
Cereals of all kind. Hot and cold cereals. Not just plain cereals such as corn flakes. Most families that rely on food banks do not buy the high-priced cereals for their kids. As they can’t afford it.
Pasta, canned beans, and rice.
Biscuit, cookie and brownie mixes that need water or milk.
Food banks also accept other items to pass out to customers. As many people struggle to buy much needed toiletries and hygiene products. When bills are overdue, the last thing a single parent will look to buy is something she may need. It is not fun choosing between paying bills or buying food. Or something as simple as washing your clothes or hair.
Such as :
Feminine hygiene products. Most needed are pads or tampons.
Toilet paper and paper towels
Lip balm – Someone that lives outside year around can use this.
Toothbrushes and toothpaste
Shampoo and conditioner
Diapers (Of all sizes, even adult) and diaper wipes
Can you think of anything I have left off the list?
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