Some Guidelines When Donating Food to Organizations
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. Food pantries and organizations are not able to feed everyone who comes in and if people get there too late, then they end up not being fed at all.
Food pantries need donations, and if you have extra food or extra money to buy food, then you can donate them to the pantry. Canned vegetables, canned meats, or dry goods are non perishable items that you can donate to the food pantry.
Another type of food that you should not donate are food that require a lot of ingredients like hamburger helpers since the recipients of the donation might not have other ingredients, and besides hamburger meat is a perishable item. So families will not get the meat because they could not afford to buy ingredients.
There are many types of food that you should not donate to food pantries and organizations. These items are either not good for the people or it is something that they have to eat all the time like Ramen.
Ramen is not a healthy food since it is very high in sodium and you don’t really get anything out of it nutritionally. Don’t give these families food that are very cheap and can easily be bought by them.
Some food pantries and organizations will accept perishable items but your should not put them with dry goods and canned foods. You should give them to the people in charge of the food pantry so they can do appropriate action necessary.
Perishable items should not be donated in bulk like huge amounts of frozen vegetables or large amounts of hamburger meat.
You should not donate food items in dented cans, foods that have no labels of foods that com in glass containers. If you check food labels make sure that spicy foods are not included in your donations. 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. One thing to know what foods to donate is to think of what foods you want to eat if you were also on the receiving end of the food pantry. So if you already know what you would expect to eat from a food pantry, go shopping and buy these important things. You can also donate online at many different online organizations. Helping someone by donating food is something that many will appreciate.