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What to Consider When Donating Food to Those in Need

Last year, in November, my family was on the receiving side. Food DonationsA lot of you guys reading this right now, wouldn’t know of this because I never went into detail. I touched the surface of the story in my year end post {2015 in Under 30min… and GO!} and the events that lead to our situation being as disastrous as it was.

As I mentioned in that blog post, I was ashamed to ask. I had two kids in my home; it was my responsibility to feed them, and here I was asking others to help me put a plate of food in front of them.

I don’t know if anyone was judging me. That was the biggest shame, telling people who I personally knew and accepting food packages from them. At the end of the day, feeding my kids was much more higher in priorities than worrying in which light people were seeing me.

We accepted food packages for almost two months, and we were very grateful for everything we received. Not only did we receive necessities and the “average but simple grocery list” items, some people spoiled us with some luxury items. As much as we enjoyed the luxuries we were able to munch on, these weren’t items that could be used to serve even a basic dinner. The luxuries were mostly jellies, chips and ready-to-mix baking options. Nice to snack on but not considered as proper meal options.

So I decided to help others {those donating} ease up on confusion and advise them on how to donated food that would be the best to give to others.

The first way to look at this is giving food that lasts long, that has a long shelf life. Here is a list of best food donations to give.

  1. Canned Food – Veggies, corned beef, tuna, chicken.
  2. Canned Food – Meals in a can
  3. Long-life Milk
  4. Milk powder
  5. Pasta
  6. Rice
  7. Cous Cous
  8. Pap
  9. Oatmeal
  10. Cup-a-Soups
  11. Dry Beans
  12. Potatoes
  13. Pumpkin
  14. Gem Squashes
  15. Butternut
  16. Boxed Juice
  17. Margarine
  18. Cereal
  19. Tea/Sugar
  20. Pasta Sauce
  21. Snack items for kids
  22. Onions
  23. Sunflower Oil/Oilve Oil
  24. Spices

It’s nice to want to spoil someone with a few yummy luxuries but you need to consider which foods will be served on a table to a family and which will be used as snacked and be finished within minutes.

If there is anything I might have missed in this list, please feel free to add to the comments section and I will update the list. Some of  you can use the list as reference.

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