The annual "Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive" is right around the corner! This year we're encouraging everyone to be mindful with their donations-- don't just clean out your cupboard!
It's important to check the expiration dates and integrity of the packaging of foods before donating. Food Pantries cannot give out non-perishable items that are more than a year past it's expiration date. Giving rusted and dented cans or items with teared packing should also be avoided as they will not be given out at distribution.
Not sure what to donate? Here are some items that food cupboards always need:
Peanut Butter & Jelly -- sugar free, too!
Canned Tuna and other meats
Pasta -- whole grain
Dry Cereal -- whole grain, sugar free
Shelf Stable Milk
Canned Fruit -- without syrup
Canned Vegetables -- no sodium
Olive or Canola Oil
Soup Broths -- chicken, beef, vegetable, low sodium
Soups -- low sodium
A good rule of thumb to follow, give what you would want to eat!