Friday, October 18, 2013

Food Bank Donations: What Should I bring?

Great Question!

The simple answer: what ever you can! The long answer: while bringing a non-perishable food item is always appreciated, the food bank has considerable buying power with their suppliers, so they are able to turn $1 into 10 pounds of food when they buy it themselves.

But, donating food is still a great way to support the Food Bank Coalition. When families and organizations contribute fresh and non-perishable food, it puts more variety on the shelves and in the freezers. Here are some suggestions for nonperishable items to help provide a well-balanced, nutritious set of foods to those who do not have enough to eat.

Fruits & Vegetables Group
  • Canned or dry fruits and vegetables in an array of colors will help ensure consumption of many vitamins and minerals.
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit 
  • Canned tomatoes (juice & sauce)
  • Dried fruit & vegetables 
Grain Group
  • Whole grains provide maximum nutrition value and long-lasting energy.
  • Oatmeal
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Low sugar/high fiber cereals
  • All pasta types
  • Whole grain rice
Protein Group
  • Lean meats and canned or dry beans provide the necessary fuel for muscles.
  • Canned tuna, salmon or chicken
  • Bean soups
  • Baked beans
  • Dried and canned beans and peas
  • Chili Beef stew
  • Peanut Butter 

They especially enjoy the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables grown in San Luis Obispo County. The Food Bank is committed to providing healthy, nutritious food to the community.