The Best Things to Donate to a Food Pantry Are…

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More than ever, Americans are depending on their community’s social services to make ends meet. When unemployment assistance runs out and food stamps can’t cover a family’s needs, many turn to food pantries.

If you want to donate to your local food bank in a way that makes a huge difference, purchase the items listed below, which are always needed and in short supply.

Non-perishable proteins

Of the three nutritional cornerstones of carbs, proteins, and fats, protein is by far the most difficult to come across, especially in a shelf-stable form which takes up less of limited fridge space. Food banks can always use canned meats like tuna or chicken. Nut butters like peanut or almond are great options. Beans are a versatile form of protein, too!

Meals in a can/box

We all have those days where we just don’t want to cook or put a lot of thought into how the ingredients in the fridge can combine into a decent meal. Both of these points are especially true for those who depend on food banks to feed themselves and their families. They’re often overworked and underpaid, and sometimes the random assortment of what’s available at the food bank that week doesn’t lend itself to a cohesive meal.

Meals in a can or box can help. Things like soup, stew, chili or mac and cheese boxes that contain a pre-made cheese sauce (not the type that requires additional milk or butter) are great options. These are quick and easy to make while still feeling like a complete meal.

Low-sugar cereals

For many, kids especially, breakfast means a bowl of cereal. By providing low-sugar options, you’re helping them get off to a great start. Cereal is also especially portable and doesn’t need any preparation to be enjoyed. It’s easy to fill a plastic bag full of cereal and throw it in a backpack or purse as a snack for later.

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