Although spring is finally here in Vermont, which marks an end to the most difficult season for any foodbank, charities that collect food and supplies for the benefit of disadvantaged individuals still need help. Even though personal circumstances for many people improve once the weather starts warming up, hunger is a daily problem that isn’t eliminated or diminished by a higher temperature. Additionally, many of the people who donate to foodbanks around Thanksgiving or Christmas only do so once a year, which means that many hungry people are left high and dry once the holiday season ends.
In recognition of this problem, we urge readers to consider bringing a box or two of packaged foods or other supplies to their local foodbank. Every donation made helps someone in need make it through a tough time in their life, getting them one step closer to being back on their feet.
For those who are unsure of what to donate, here are some of the items that are most commonly requested from foodbanks and pantries.
While donors generally do a good job of supplying raw materials like rice and beans, many people do not consider the fact that these products are not entirely edible in their canned state. Most staples require preparation, cooking, and seasoning to become a proper meal. Donating spices and other seasonings allows families that depend on foodbanks to assemble healthy and satisfying meals, which goes a long way in making someone in need feel better and more hopeful.
2. Portable Foods
The majority of food donated to foodbanks is either in a canned or dry format. While this makes them long lasting and easier to ship in bulk, it means that those who do not have access to a kitchen or need to be able to eat on the go are somewhat out of luck. Products like crackers, granola bars, and other foods that do not require preparation are a vital resource at foodbanks.
3. Legume Based Products
When all of your dishes are assembled piecemeal from the supplies that people are willing to donate, getting proper nutrition can be a real challenge. It can be difficult to even ensure that meals have all of the components that the body needs to create the amino acids that it requires for proper function.
Legumes, like soybeans and peanuts, have the advantage of often being great and inexpensive sources of vital proteins. They are versatile and long lasting, making them the perfect foodbank supply.
4. Hygiene Products
Finally, many people are not aware that most foodbanks take more than just food. Cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products like toothpaste and floss are a necessary component of all peoples’ lives, and donating these things helps ensure that everyone has access to the tools they need to stay clean and healthy.
While these are the items that most foodbanks in Vermont are most in need of, any kind of donation helps. By bringing food and other supplies that may not seem like a big deal to you to foodbanks, you are making a massive impact in the lives of the needy.