What Should You Donate to Your Local Food Bank?

What Should You Donate to Your Local Food Bank?

Second Harvest Food Bank - barrels to be filledAt this time of year our local food banks are looking for donations to try to meet holiday and daily needs of many of our neighbors. This year the need is more crucial than ever; donations have been down and the need up. Second Harvest Food Bank serves San Mateo County and the Silicon Valley, and you're likely to see their collection barrels in stores and companies around our local towns.

Have you ever wondered what types of items are the most helpful?

Here's a list a fellow runner compiled recently and shared with our group:

 

The Basic List - nutritious, non-perishable items

  • Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup)
  • Tuna and canned meat
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned foods with pop-top lids
  • Low-sugar cereals
  • 100% fruit juices in single serving boxes
  • Canned fruit packed in juice
  • Canned vegetables (low salt)

Child-Friendly Foods List - nutritious, non-perishable, single-serving foods for use in programs for children.

  • Pop-Top Tuna
  • 100% Fruit Rolls
  • Raisins
  • Graham Crackers
  • Unsweetened Applesauce
  • Cheese and Crackers
  • Fruit Cups
  • Low-sugar Cereal Bowls
  • Pretzels
  • 100% Fruit Juice Boxes
  • Granola Bars (without peanuts)

One last request-no glass containers, please! And thanks for pitching in.

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Comment balloon 14 commentsLottie Kendall • November 28 2010 10:13PM

Comments

I agree, anything helps. I don't know what I would do if I had no food for my family! Great post Lottie.

Posted by Sam Fischer almost 8 years ago

Great list Lottie.  I have copied it and sent it out to all the realtors in our office.  We have a Food Bank Drive going on and I know most people struggle with what to share.

Our local Food Bank is requesting Baby Formula too.  That just breaks my heart! 

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Hi Sam. There are so many small ways we can help; filling the food barrels with nutritious food is one. I'm with you--can't imagine not having food in my house. Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Hi Susan -- feel free to copy, re-blog, whatever. I liked the list of what makes a good donation. Good luck with your food drive!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Great list!   Every little bit helps...and if everyone just gave one thing it would make a huge difference in the lives of many!   Thanks for sharing the list!!!

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) almost 8 years ago

Hello Deborah -- you've got it--little things add up to making a huge difference. I'm glad the list was helpful. Happy holidays to you and yours,

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Thanks for the suggestions Lottie............donating to the food bank is such a help to those in need.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 8 years ago

Lottie ~  This is a wonderful post and your list is so helpful.  I believe there are many people who would help more, if they knew what to do.  Thank you.

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) almost 8 years ago

Good morning Roger. The food banks need replenishing, that's for sure.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Hi Tish - glad you found the list helpful. Single-serving sizes and food with pop-top lids are needed for those with no kitchen--too sad.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Lottie this is a great post.  The food banks by us are suffering worse than they ever have and any donations (now especially) are so appreciated. 

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 8 years ago

Hi Debra -- I hadn't thought about the need for single-serviing sizes, or pop-top cans until I read the list. I'm shopping and donating differently now than in the past. Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

What an awesome list!  It's so important to remember our Food Bank needs, especially during the winter.  We received an email yesterday about the need for warm clothing and blankets, sleeping bags, etc for our local shelters.  The cold snap is really difficult for the unfortunate people who haven't a home.  Thanks for the comprehensive list and links!  I'm sure it will help.

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) almost 8 years ago

Hi Cara -- you're so right; I can't imagine what it would be like not to have a home or enough food to eat. It's cold here, too.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

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