Ask Leah! The Ingles Dietitian

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Many local food banks and food pantries have been struggling to meet increased needs in our communities. While requests for assistance have increased, donations of food, money, and time (volunteers) are struggling to keep up.

Food Donation suggestions:

  • Non-perishable food items that can be used to make meals. (Pop-top cans are often better for individuals that are homeless or don’t have access to a can opener)

  • Canned proteins: beans, nut butters, chili with meat, canned chicken or beans

  • Canned fruits and vegetables

  • Meal “kits” that contain seasonings/sauces that beans or other proteins can be added to

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  • Shelf stable (UHT) milk or plant-based dairy alternatives

  • Meal replacement bars

  • Cooking oils, sugar, cake and quick bread mixes, muffins mixes.

Here are some additional items that might be welcome – be sure to check with your food pantry first!:

  • Instant coffee and tea bags

  • Can openers

  • Sanitizing hand wipes

  • Storage bags or containers

Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian


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