What Healthy Donations Do Food Banks Need?

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 12th Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1-ihhuvt/
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Before donating any food to a Food Bank please consider that donating junk food is not doing them any service. I suppose people donate junk food because they think it is a nice treat for the poor, but this junk food is unhealthy and causing health issues, even obesity, in people who are already suffering.

Food Banks Always Need Donations!

Although most people think of donating to the Food Bank only at Christmas time, Food Banks need donations all year long. It is not only food that people need, however when food is donated it should be somewhat healthy. So often food banks get the same junk foods donated, and while these may taste great, they do not really benefit the recipient – you will note both my wife and I have had to rely on the food bank at some point in our lives.

If you are thinking of donating to the Food Bank - please consider some of these items.

Food Items That Food Banks Need

Salt and Pepper
Spices
Brown Rice
Whole Wheat Spaghetti
Spaghetti Sauces
Frozen Juice Mix (make sure it says “Juice” - not “drink”)
Frozen Vegetables (be sure to check if the food bank has a freezer)
Powered Milk
Soy Milk
Dried Fruit
Trail Mix
Canned Fruit (fresh fruit is better when donated close to the distribution date or it will be no good)
Frozen Fruit (even better than canned but only if the food bank has a freezer in which to store it until distribution day)
Canned brown beans
Canned Soups
Peanut Butter (a common donation request – also a common donation)
Couscous
Granola
Oatmeal – Rolled Oats (not the flavored portion packages, which are not particularly healthy)
Healthy Breakfast Cereals
Eggless Mayonnaise
Organic Ketchup
Organic Sugar (including natural, or raw, brown sugar)
Whole Wheat, or Multi-Grain, Bread

Non - Food Items

Multi Vitamins
Band aids
Aspirin
Condoms
Energy Saving Light Bulbs
Feminine Hygiene Products
Shaving Supplies
Batteries
Reusable Diapers
Toilet Paper
Pet Food (cat food, dog food, and food for other pets, such as birds, rabbits, and so forth)
Cat Litter
Tooth Paste (I like to select one that is natural, fluoride free, and not tested on animals)

Please Consider

Food Banks should not be views as a dumping ground for food you opened and decided you did not like. They usually will not accept such items, and may not accept outdated food. Giving rotten food is pointless.

Some food banks only hand out food once a week, or once every two weeks, so try to co-ordinate your donations just ahead of this day.

Some food banks will not accept food from your garden, however this is a great way to donate if you can. People should call and check first - again co-ordinate your donations with when the shelter hands out food so it is fresh.

Food banks may appreciate donations of bags, cash, coupons, or your time!

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Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
13th Jan 2011 (#)

A very timely and needed article Mark. We have a very small food bank here in the Hill Towns that is always in need of donations. Believe it or not, it's the people who live in the surrounding villages that need their help and not me and my neighbors on the mountain. I don't think that I would be wrong in saying that we keep that food bank afloat. Sure they get donations from major food stores but we keep them in fresh produce during the season and fresh baked goods as well.

The sad thing is that many people who call upon them for help during hard times never think about giving back to them when times become more prosperous.

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author avatar christopheranton
13th Jan 2011 (#)

Important info there.
Thank you Mark.

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author avatar DevikaPrimic
13th Jan 2011 (#)

lovely information

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author avatar krrymarie
13th Jan 2011 (#)

Good information. We don't have food banks over here :-(

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author avatar Jerry Walch
14th Jan 2011 (#)

Krrymarie, if you don't have food banks where you live, maybe you should think about starting one through your church or some other community organization. Many of the churches here in the states have a food pantry for their immediate community. It might not work where you live but it's something worth looking into.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
13th Jan 2011 (#)

Very worthwhile information. I always give when I can.

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author avatar Denise O
13th Jan 2011 (#)

Great article Mark. I also believe that we should give healthy choices. I have witnessed people giving junk, as you have stated because, they think it is a treat but also, it usually cost less.
When my girls (I was a girl scout troop leader) had our food bank, a lot of people brought junk because, it was cheap. The better alternative to do is, maybe give fewer but, more nutrituous food.
I know all food banks (no matter what facility it is) all need extra help, as bad as the economy is and I hate to say this but, it is better to pay a little extra and get the good thing and donate less items, than to pay less and get junk.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Carol
13th Jan 2011 (#)

Thank you for drawing attention to this problem Mark.

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author avatar Retired
14th Jan 2011 (#)

Good article , thanks

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author avatar Greenfaol
14th Jan 2011 (#)

Excellent and community conscious article. Many people do give to shelters, but usually tinned spagehtti etc. Next time we're in Inverness we'll need to drop off some rice or fruit.

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author avatar SallyR
14th Jan 2011 (#)

Also consider toothbrushes, shampoo, soap and whole grain pastas. This article is great and I hope it brings more attention to the problem.

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author avatar Barbara10Broek
14th Jan 2011 (#)

Its nice to see that others think of these need at times other than Christmas

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author avatar Jenny Heart
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Great information! I agree about not sending junk food. Thumbs up!

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author avatar Retired
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Very well written.

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author avatar urguide
16th Jan 2011 (#)

Good interesting article

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author avatar urguide
16th Jan 2011 (#)

It is important to be a responsible donator.

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author avatar Stable
16th Jan 2011 (#)

Good article Mark. Does anybody know where these can be found in the UK?

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author avatar Jerry Walch
17th Jan 2011 (#)

Stable, there are food banks in the UK Here is a good place to start looking the Global Food Banking Network. Here is a URL that will take you to their UK page
http://www.foodbanking.org/help/uk/
Hope this helps.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
17th Jan 2011 (#)

I am sure there must be somebody you can call to find food banks in the UK.
They are listed in the phone book here, perhaps if you ask around. Some food shops collect items and deliver to the food banks
A food bank collects food and redistributes it to needy people who apply. I would be surprised if they dont have them in the UK.

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author avatar Lila On Life
10th Feb 2011 (#)

Excellent information. People always seem to forget that people who are forced to use the food bank may also have pets that need to eat too. It's great that you thought to include them.

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author avatar Twin Palms
24th Feb 2011 (#)

Terrific information and excellent suggestions!

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