What Should You Donate to Your Local Food Bank?
At 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
- Graham Crackers
- Unsweetened Applesauce
- Cheese and Crackers
- Fruit Cups
- Low-sugar Cereal Bowls
- 100% Fruit Juice Boxes
- Granola Bars (without peanuts)
One last request-no glass containers, please! And thanks for pitching in.