[Video] How to Donate to Food Banks (Like a Boss!)

Did you know that hunger affects 1 in every 8 Americans? For context, that’s nearly 42 million people, including 13 million children and more than five million seniors. Fortunately, food banks and food pantries across America are here to help. But they can’t do their work without your support. This can mean volunteering, but it can also mean food donations.

Not sure what to donate? The 1-minute video above will make grocery shopping for your next food donation a piece of cake. Food banks welcome food that are low in sodium and fat, high in protein, and rich in ingredients that are just plain good for you. Things like:

  • Non-perishable protein: tuna; canned chicken; beans; low-sodium veggies — like corn and peas; chili; and peanut butter.
  • Kids snacks: granola bars, jello, and applesauce.
  • Condiments: ketchup, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper.
  • Cooking or baking products: canola, rice, evaporated milk, coconut milk, and corn meal.
  • Breakfast: pancake mix, oatmeal, and cereal.
  • Lunch/dinner items: pasta, pasta sauce, tomato paste, and canned soup.
  • Natural sugars: non-perishable fruit.

What are some things you should avoid? Food banks and pantries don’t accept donations of alcohol, boxed cake/brownie mix, and open, used, or expired products.

Now that you know, turn your knowledge into action. Find a food bank to donate food to through the Hunger Volunteer Connection, and help #FightHunger by connecting with a hunger-fighting opportunity on VolunteerMatch.