What food banks need most.

This year we have had a few financial hardships and yet Alex and I are better off than a lot of people out there and we know it, my family and I are going through our cupboards and also going shopping and donating what we can this year.

I feel bad cause I did not plan ahead enough to organize a food drive as I have done some years past, but I am going to try to do it anyway at the goth club, I may talk to the bar we hold it in and see if they would be willing to do it for the other nights of the week they have events if I supply the boxes an fliers.

Either way I figure anything we can donate helps.

Here are some links to how to find a food bank in your area:

http://feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx

http://www.findfoodbank.org/

Here are the top foods needed by food banks this year:

  • Proteins. Canned meats such as tuna, chicken or fish are high in protein and low in saturated fat. Peanut butter is rich in protein and high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils, the “good fats.” These are among the most expensive foods — too expensive for food banks to buy large quantities.
  • Soups and stews. They are filling, particularly the “chunky” soups, and contain liquid for hydration. In addition, soups can be filled with protein and vegetables.
  • Rice and pasta. “They’re really staples,” Nowak says. In addition, grain-based foods, such as pasta, are a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates.
  • Cereal, including oatmeal. Breakfast cereals can be an additional source of protein, and most cereals today include a variety of vitamins and minerals.
  • Canned vegetables, including tomatoes and tomato sauce. Studies indicate that canned vegetables have about the same nutritional value as fresh vegetables.
  • Canned or dried beans and peas. A staple of diets as early as 6700 B.C., beans are a low-fat source of protein and fiber.
  • Canned fruits. Only a small amount of vitamin C is lost in the canning process, making these a healthy choice.
  • Fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed). Make sure it’s 100% juice.
  • Prepared box mixes such as macaroni and cheese or Hamburger Helper.
  • Shelf-stable milk. This includes dehydrated milk, canned evaporated milk and instant breakfasts.

Please avoid perishables, glass containers, out-dated foods, home made foods and open containers.  Call your food bank to find out if they will take baby food though most prefer the small plastic containers or boxed cereals.

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