The holidays are almost here and chances are you’re thinking a lot about how you might help someone less fortunate. There are always people and families in need of a helping hand, and with the rise of COVID-19, more people are struggling than ever before. Fortunately, there are wonderful organizations out there like the North Texas Food Bank, and plenty of ways you can help them help others. Here’s how you can help!
Canned Fruit in Juice
Canned fruit has a long shelf life and provides important vitamins and nutrients, as well as satisfying that sweet tooth. But added sugar is no good, so avoid fruit in light or heavy syrup.
Breakfast bars like granola offer a quick and easy morning meal for people on the go, are easy to stuff into a pocket, and contain important vitamins, nutrients, and fiber. They also make a great snack or dessert.
Peanut and other nut butters make a great donation item because they have a number of health benefits, including a high level of heart-healthy fats, lots of protein, and plenty of fiber. Choose a low sodium option, if available.
People need something to wash down all that nut butter! Powdered milk and canned evaporated milk doesn’t require refrigeration and provides much needed protein, calcium, and other nutrients. And it tastes great on cereal!
Canned Fish & Meats
Canned tuna and other fish, such as salmon, and canned turkey or chicken are a great donation. Protein is important, and each can make a great base for a healthy meal. Canned beef is less healthy and should be avoided. Highly processed meats like Spam and Vienna sausages are very high in sodium and don’t really offer any health benefits. These are better saved for the people you love. Say at your next Super Bowl party or wedding reception.
A good source of protein and fiber, beans are always a welcome donation. Dried beans are also good, but canned beans are easier to prepare. If you are giving canned beans, try to limit your green bean donation. Food banks tend to be good on these. But they make great stocking stuffers! Just open up a can and pour it straight in. Kids love ‘em!
Soups & Stews
Choose a variety of soups and stews, both with meat and without. Opt for organic, low-sodium options when available. These make a great meal all on their own and are quick and easy to prepare.
Hygiene Items & Feminine Products
Even the most basic necessities, such as unopened toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and feminine products are in high demand. Just having access to these basic items can have a huge affect on someone’s well-being. Everyone deserves to feel comfortable and complete.
Host a Virtual Food Drive
Through a partnership with JustGiving, this option allows you to set up a donation page, on your own or with a team, set a fundraising goal, and share it all on your social media accounts, inviting others to donate. Start here.
Make Their Amazon Wishlist a Reality
Another option for donating to the North Texas Food Bank is to visit their Amazon wish list and directly purchase the items they most want for their clients. This list is also a good way to see what items the bank is really in need of.
For more information on the North Texas Food Bank and how you can help them accomplish their mission, visit their website. To get more tips on giving back this holiday season, visit the Mosaic Dallas blog.