Food Donations: 10 Healthy Ideas

Food donations are needed at any point of the year. During times of crisis, natural disasters or COVID-19, food donations are imperative for many families survival. Certainly, sustenance is priority one, but health does not need to take a back seat. Health is even more important when we are in crisis. These items fulfill many dietary and health needs with minimal costs.

  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Beans
  • Bag or boxed plain rice
  • Plain whole grain pasta
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Dry Spices and herbs
  • Low sodium broth
  • Whole Grain Cereal
  • Oatmeal in packets or quick oats
  • Allergy friendly food options like dairy free, gluten free, egg free, soy free, etc.

With canned foods, aim for organic and/or BPA free. Added chemicals contribute to health issues. Many vegetables and broths are available low sodium or no salt. Our bodies need salt but often we take in too much. When possible please donate low sodium or no salt.

Caution with dry beans as extra prep is involved. Even in my cooking and daily life, I preferred canned beans (no BPA and no salt). They are just easier to cook with and require much less time.

Spices and herbs are small and mighty healing punches to our food relationship. Stick with basics without salt: garlic, onion, parsley, oregano, basil, pepper, ginger, and cinnamon.

Keep those with food allergies in mind when making donation purchases. Look for the GF symbol and read the ingredient labels. Warnings “containing” wheat, soy, eggs, dairy are NOT allergy friendly,

Give the blessing of healthy food

JRiley

Holistic Nutrition Practitioner

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