Food banks have seen an increase in need as many people face unemployment and look for ways to earn some extra cash during the pandemic. Long waits, increased prices, and limited quantities in grocery stores have made food insecurity a wider concern for many communities.
Normal donations from grocery stores to food banks have gone down while the need has increased, so there’s no better time to donate than now! Before you head to your local pantry, please consider the following.
Donate Non-Perishable Foods.
Foods that can be stored for a significant amount of time such as:
-Canned fruits, vegetables, and soup.
Make sure to check the expiration date on the can that’s been hiding in the back of your pantry. It’s also a good idea to call the local food bank you plan on visiting to see what they might be low on. Some locations will accept foods such as milk, dairy, bread, frozen foods, and fresh produce.
Another thing to consider is donating safety equipment such as disposable masks or gloves. These can help those in need and those helping distribute supplies.
If you’re looking to donate, you can find your local food bank at feedingamerica.org.