Please Stop Donating Crap to Food Banks | Healthy Food Drive Donations

November 22, 2013

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Worst food drive donation ever.

We all have a dusty can of something awful in our cabinets that we’d like to get rid of but donating it to a food bank is not the solution.  People who rely on food banks and donations need nutritious food, not your old cans of Spam and Sloppy Joe sauce.  So instead of giving two cans of something you wouldn’t put into your own mouth, here are my suggestions for healthy donations:

  • Organic baby food (the only item that many food banks will accept in a glass jar)
  • Raw cashew or almond butter (in plastic jars, not glass)
  • Dried or canned beans
  • Brown rice (not instant)
  • Dehydrated fruit (no sugar added)
  • Canned albacore in water (no salt)
  • Tea, coffee, bottled water
  • Olive oil (first cold pressed extra virgin)
  • Thick rolled or steel cut oats (not instant)

Although they are loaded with macronutrients, try not to get too fancy since the donation recipients might not know what to do with quinoa, chia seeds or hemp hearts.

Giving feels great.  Please be thoughtful this holiday season and give donations that promote wellness and good health.  You’ll be glad you did.

Learn more about the relationship between hunger, obesity and processed food in my post.

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Comments (4)

  1. Gail,

    I think unfortunately that many just aren’t aware of healthy foods in general. I mean, we think we know, but will all the GMOs, pesticides, and other unnatural ingredients making it’s way into our food it’s hard to know what is actually good to eat.
    Did you see this article about
    Heart-healthy foods every nurse needs to eat
    ? I think everyone would benefit from learning a little more about “healthy foods” and consider donating things that they would eat themselves and not just the “stuff they haven’t used.”

    • Thanks Brittney! I agree with you. I also liked the link you provided.

      People don’t realize that a donation of albacore is MUCH better than cheap tuna because they themselves buy the inexpensive stuff. Most people are making choices and purchasing food based on price rather than health value. It doesn’t cross people’s minds that food banks NEED the good stuff.

      I appreciate your comment! Enjoy the holidays!

  2. Calling any kind of food “crap” is quite condescending and ignorant. Just like your article specifies many people cannot afford food. So these people that you speak of are donating the best they can. Expensive food as you stated is much healthier yet many people can’t donate it. Some poor people want to help other poor people and you shouldn’t call this only kind of food they are capable of donating crap. In their eyes they maybe doing the best they could. Maybe you should take a class on socioeconomics and compassion. Children around the world would love to have ANY kind of “crap” as long as their tummy is full. Learn to have more suitable titles or people will not take your articles seriously.

    • Thank you for reading, Haley. I’m sure you are not alone in the thoughts you’ve expressed in your comment. I would like to respond in a meaningful way. I will make your comment it’s own blog entry because it brings up so many important points. In the meantime, take care and be well.

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