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Guide to Food Donations
There are a lot of people and families who are not able to provide food for themselves and since food is necessary to our lives, these people are given free food in food pantries and by charitable organizations. People can get free food from food pantries and organizations that give them but they are really not able to feed everyone since the food gets finished and there is nothing left for those who come in late.
Food pantries need donations, and if you have extra food or extra money to buy food, then you can donate them to the pantry. Do not donate perishable goods but the non-perishable ones like canned vegetables, cannot meats, or dry goods.
Perishable items that need lots of other ingredients are not a good item to donate because the recipients of these meats might not have the ingredients that it needs and will not be able even to cook it. So families will not get the meat because they could not afford to buy ingredients.
If you are going to donate food to a food pantry, make sure that you know the items that you should not donate to them. Foods that are not good or are not healthy for people to eat and foods that these poor people are able to eat all the time like Ramen.
Since Ramen has a lot of sodium and has no nutritional value, then it is not good for people to eat this type of food. Ramen is cheap and is something that poor families can easily buy.
If you are going to donate perishable items, make sure you don’t mix them with your dry goods and canned foods. Taking the perishable item immediately to the food pantry will enable them to decide what to do with the food item.
If you are going to donate perishable items, make sure that you do not bring in large amounts like frozen vegetable or hamburger meat.
If your can is dented, if your can has no a label on it, or anything made of glass should not be donated to a food pantry. Spicy foods are not to be donated to the food pantry so make sure that you check the label of the foods you are donating. If you would not eat something, do not donate it so someone else has to eat it.
When donating foods to food pantries or organizations, make sure that you keep these tips in mind. Think about what you like to eat and what you would like to eat if it was you on the receiving end of things. If you have thought about it, write down a list of these items, go shopping and drop off the foods at our local pantry. You can find many organizations online that accept food donations. There is always a way to help someone.
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