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Think Healthy Thursday: Food Shelf Donations

Since the Summer of 2011 we have been promoting a balanced MyPlate diet for our families, student and clients. We want to remind folks to think healthy when they are making a food shelf donations too. We’ve heard stories of food shelves getting large donations of outdated or damaged food. Do everyone a favor and throw those out! Here are some ideas of what the food shelves need and want:

  • Choose low-sodium options for beans, broth, soup, and vegetables.
  • Choose low-fat or whole grain options for cereal, crackers, and pasta.
  • Fresh garden produce is often welcome. (Just call in advance to make sure.)
  • Single serving foods like fruit cups and 100% fruit juice boxes are easy and safe to pack for school lunches.
  • Consider donating money. In Minnesota we heard about a food shelf that got a 40-pound box of meat for $4.80 –one dollar can buy seven pounds of healthy food from the Food Bank of CNY in New York.

From Austin, Texas we got a list of the most-requested items:

  • Canned meats like tuna, stew and chili (pop-tops preferred)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Pasta & pasta sauce
  • Beans
  • Healthy cereals
  • Peanut butter

It’s a great time of year to give – just make sure you’re giving a gift that’s healthy and wanted!

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