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Sponsored: Donating What’s Needed: Food, Funds and Time

Sponsored: Donating What’s Needed: Food, Funds and Time

This is the time of year when many food-related charities could really use our help to assist individuals and families experiencing food insecurity. 

A few tips:

Your local charities may have information on their website or Facebook page as to how you can best donate and what is especially needed.

Consider donating funds rather than food as the charity can then purchase exactly what is needed.

If you don’t have funds to be able to donate; think about volunteering or perhaps encouraging your church or members of your community to help by sharing the messages from the non-profit. You could also organize a “work day” at the local charity.

If you are donating food, make sure to donate what is needed. Check with the charity to see what is in demand so you donate what can be put to good use.

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Most charities may not have the ability to accept donations of fresh or perishable foods, be sure and check before you try and donate anything like this.

Foods/Beverages that are usually always welcome:

• canned or shelf-stable packaged: meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, beans, soups and stews (If donating cans a pull open lid may be welcome)

• rice, pasta, other grains

• coffee, tea

• peanut butter and other nut butters

• instant oatmeal, cereals

Items that may be welcome (be sure and check with the charity):
Spices, herbs, seasoning blends, can openers, oil, cake or bread mixes.

Please do not donate items in glass containers.

Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian


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