Food Drives Need Healthy Donations
What’s on the table can help lower risks of stroke, heart attack, cancer and diabetes, according to the American Heart Association. Not all families are able to afford the healthiest foods, but fatty, high-sugar options can be avoided. The most-needed donations are nonperishable and high in protein, but low in sodium, sugar and fats.
Give the best, most affordable products, according to these tips and the food drive’s guidelines. Organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) foods are welcome. Note that not all pantries can store fresh produce, glass containers or personal hygiene items.
“Pantries rely on informed community support,” explains Jim Byrnes, director of Pennsylvania’s Nazareth Area Food Bank. “Area churches, schools and businesses keep us supplied. We’ll help 300 families this year, compared to 100 in 2006, balancing nutrition with practical needs.”
California’s San Diego Food Bank feeds better choices to 370,000 people each month, including military families, seniors and children. Such community efforts change lives. READ MORE.