I did a very unscientific survey online of items that Food Banks need. Here is what I came up with. Interestingly, you can extreme coupon to get many of these items.
Baby items – such as formula, baby food, diapers
Baking Supplies – flour, sugar, oil, vanilla, seasonings, etc
Beans, canned & dried
Cake mix & frosting
Canned meals such as chili, soup, pasta, Pork & Beans
Canned meats such as chicken, tuna
Cereal, Cold & Hot
Condiments – ketchup, mayo, mustard
Coffee and tea (including iced tea mix)
100% Fruit Juice
Kid friendly convenience foods, like granola bars, individual apple sauces,fruit snacks
Macaroni & cheese
Processed cheese spread
Remember, people can’t buy non-food items with food stamps, so even if they are also getting food stamp assistance, items such as the following will come in handy:
Razors and shaving cream
There was one other common theme on the websites. As we near the holidays, many people will be donating to food pantries. Many pantries then run out of items by summer. Couponing for good entails the constant picking up of those few extra items each week while at the store….allowing us to give year round and not just as we near the holidays….just one more reason to coupon for good!
What items have you found to donate this week?
Peace Out Coupon Scout.