list of donations that are most critical to local food banks

With the holidays approaching, it is time to start considering ways to donate to your community’s food bank.  Most food banks rely heavily on the contributions that come in during the holiday season.  Local food banks are gearing up now to replenish their shelves and lend a helping hand to individuals and families that are struggling to make ends meet.  While food banks are grateful for any and all donations, there are certain items that are more appreciated than others.  If you start watching for sales on these items now, you can make the most of your holiday contributions.

list of donations that are most critical to local food banks |

Here are some ideas for grocery items to keep an eye out for at the supermarket or discount store near you.

  • Non-Perishables
    • Canned fruits/vegetables
    • Dried pasta
    • Beans
    • Rice
    • Tuna
    • Cereals
    • Peanut butter, jelly
    • Canned soups
    • Dried fruit/nuts
  • Baking Supplies
    • Flour
    • Sugar
    • Oats
    • Powdered Milk
    • Vinegar
    • Maple Syrup
  • Baby/Child Items
    • Formula
    • Diapers
    • Wipes
    • School Lunch items: granola bars, individual packs of applesauce,
  • Personal Hygiene Items
    • Shampoo
    • Soap
    • Razors/Shaving cream
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • Cleaning Supplies
    • Dishwashing liquid
    • All-purpose cleaner
    • Window cleaner
    • Laundry detergent
  • Cash
    By far and away the most important donation you can make to a food bank. Many food banks have negotiated bulk pricing on food and supplies and can get the most bang for their buck with cold, hard cash.

Watch out for Stamp Out Hunger drives by your local post office or other food drives. Donate your time to a local food pantry. Start thinking now about ways to help your community in the following crucial months.

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