9 Things Food Banks Need (but never ask for)
A survey on Reddit.com asked volunteers what items people would be most appreciative of and the top 10 are listed below.
If you’re looking for an easy way to help out, pick some of these up while shopping and include them in your “Scouting for Food” bags and boxes that our Scouts will pick up this Saturday, Nov 15th!
Think about it. People who rely on the food bank eat a lot of canned food, beans, rice, white bread, and the like. They love spices. Seasoned salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, italian spice mix and more.
2. Feminine Products.
Can you imagine being worried about affording these? Tampons, panty liners, pads, etc.
3. Chocolate and sweets.
People don’t need it, but think about being in their shoes and how nice it would be to be given a chocolate bar, a cake or brownie mix along with basic foods. Sometimes it’s the little rewards that can make the life of someone struggling so much better.
Grocery stores are great about donating surplus or unsold food, but they have no reason to donate soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper, and deodorant. EBT often don’t cover these items as well.
5. Canned meats.
This isn’t true everywhere, but some food banks struggle to give users enough protein. Canned tuna, chicken, even Spam stores well and provides needed nutrition.
6. Baby toiletries.
Diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, baby shampoo, baby soap, baby food, bottles, etc.
7. Soup packets.
Sometimes you look at rice, beans, instant potatoes, and cans of vegetable and think, “What do I make with this?” Hearty soup is a complete meal.
From a former homeless person: “Socks mean the world to you. They keep you warm, make you feel like you have something new, and just comfort you.”
9. Canned fruit other than pineapple.
Food banks get a lot of pineapple donated. Their clients love it when other kinds of fruit are available.