Thinking Outside The Box for Food Bank Donations

Thinking Outside The Box for Food Bank Donations

Thanksgiving and Christmas are two times of the year when giving donations to the food bank is a common charitable thing to do, but what are some unusual items that food banks need?

Food banks always need donations. If you are to ask what donations are needed most you will usually be told that they need things such as peanut butter and canned tuna. But what about the people who have peanut allergies or who are vegetarians and do not want to eat tuna? Although you might think “Beggars cannot be choosers” some people are really affected by food allergies or intolerances that could be fatal (such as the peanut allergies) and as such I suggest that before making a donation to the food bank you think about other things too.

Gluten is a part of most grains, but wheat gluten in particular is a common source of allergies or intolerances. Symptoms can be mild or so severe that the person is in so much pain they cannot function. You would be amazed at how many things contain wheat gluten, not just bread, but cereal, pasta, and even some soy sauces. Gluten free alternatives are expensive and as such they are not easily afforded by the poor. Gluten allergies and intolerance problems affect people of all ages. You can buy gluten free cookie mix, cake mix, pancake mix, and so forth. They also sell frozen gluten free waffles and bread but you will not want to donate these unless your food bank has a freezer to store them in.

Vegan or Vegetarian items are also good to donate even if you are not vegan or vegetarian yourself. Some people are vegans or vegetarians for ethical reasons but for some it is that they are intolerant to meat; their digestive system just cannot handle it.

Some people are intolerant of cows milk, so they may need goat’s milk, soy milk, or almond milk.

Granola bars and similar healthy snack items cost more than things like potato chips, as such their higher cost often means people do not purchase these healthy snacks for themselves or as food bank donations, but they will be appreciated.

Two of the most popular times for people to make food bank donations is Thanksgiving or Christmas. This is also cold and flu season, so you may want to consider donating vitamins to your local food bank. Vitamin C is good for keeping people healthy but a multi vitamin is also a good donation at any time of the year.

People often need basic supplies such as deodorant and toothpaste, but some elderly folks might appreciate denture cream or cleaners. If you want to think well outside of the box, I wonder if the food bank would give out donated condoms?

You might even consider donating a bag of cat food or a bag of dog food, the food bank might be able to give these things to needy pet owners.

Food Banks Need Healthy Donations

This article was republished to Full of Knowledge

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nourisv, posted this comment on Nov 9th, 2012

Thanks for writing!

shavkat, posted this comment on Nov 9th, 2012

It is very interesting article.

ionebeck, posted this comment on Nov 9th, 2012

very interesting

Jo Oliver, posted this comment on Nov 9th, 2012

Very thoughtful, Mark. You know I always donate cans and cake mix to the drive at my grocery store, but I’ve never really stopped to think about those that may have special diets.

manish007, posted this comment on Nov 9th, 2012

Good work!
thanks for sharing.

Ruby Hawk, posted this comment on Nov 9th, 2012

We usually donate macaroni, spaghetti, canned tomatoes, canned milk and that sort of thing. But someone needs anything you can donate.

Gijo George, posted this comment on Nov 9th, 2012

This is a thought provoking article. Managing food bank is possibly only with a supervision of an experienced dietitian.

stine1, posted this comment on Nov 13th, 2012

Only 0.04% of our population has a real gluten allergy… did you know? :-)

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