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What Food Banks Need But Don’t Ask For

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A food bank volunteer taking inventory of the canned goods donated to the food bank.

For many people, the local food bank is a wonderful symbol of hope. It’s a place to get support in a time of need, and where a hot meal can provide comfort. A food bank is an essential part of a caring, supportive, and connected community, and by donating to one, you’re making the world a better place one grocery run at a time.

So how can you help your local food bank? What products do they need, but never ask for?

If you’re looking to support a food bank with a wonderfully generous donation, it can help to give:

  1. Financial donations
  2. Toiletries & feminine products
  3. Spices
  4. Proteins
  5. Cereals & oatmeal

But what if you don’t have time to hit the grocery store? Sometimes, a simple cash donation can be one of the best ways to support a food bank. This way, they can use the money toward the resources they may be lacking, and improve how they serve your community.

Donating to a Worthy Cause

Donating to a food bank isn’t just a way to get rid of some cans from your pantry. It’s a way to support people who may not be in an ideal situation or who need a hand making it to payday. 

When you donate to a food bank like ours at Regeneration Outreach Community, you’re helping to change a life. You aren’t just dropping off some helpful items, you’re truly making the world a better place. 

That’s why it can be particularly helpful to keep an eye out for the items ahead and donate them to your local food bank. 

1. Financial Donations

Sometimes, the easiest way to give back to your community is through financial donations. Monetary giving helps significantly with both Food Rescue and the day-to-day operation of the food bank. Regeneration Outreach Community turns every dollar of donation into over $16 worth of food that goes to thousands of households in Brampton every week.

2. Toiletries & Feminine Products

Hygiene products aren’t a luxury, they’re a necessity. But they’re also often forgotten when donating to a cause like ours. Next time you’re planning to support your local food bank, try to keep an eye out for:

  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Tampons and pads
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet paper

Including these items lets you make a world of difference to someone who may not be able to afford these everyday essentials.

3. Spices

An assortment of various spices including cinnamon, paprika, and white peppercorns.

Sometimes, all it takes is a pinch of flavour to transform a basic meal into a morale-boosting experience. Donating spices may seem small, but they are mighty in the hands of those trying to transform basic goods into nourishing meals.

Spices like cumin, paprika, oregano, or even black pepper can liven up simple foods, making mealtime more pleasant.

4. Proteins

A balanced and nutritious diet is one of the core components of staying healthy. Proteins play a huge role in this. They’re essential for keeping up your energy and maintaining muscle strength. When putting together your donation bundle, try to stock up on:

  • Canned tuna, chicken, and ham
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Peanut butter
  • Quinoa
  • Eggs

Many of these items are shelf stable while all of them are highly nutritious, providing substantial help to those in need.

5. Cereals & Oatmeal

It’s often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That’s why it shouldn’t be overlooked. However, for many, it can be difficult to find the time to make something complex in the mornings.

So instead, try donating nutrient-rich cereals and oatmeals. Skip the overly sugary ones, instead try to find a box that’s high in fibre and other nutrients. This can be a wonderful gift to families in need.

The Value of a Monetary Donation

If you are unsure of what to donate, don’t have time to go to the store, or simply prefer a simple approach, there’s good news. Sometimes, a monetary contribution to a charity like ours can be the easiest and most effective way to help.

Through a monetary donation, you give us a way to get the items people need most, often in bulk. With the help of your donation, we can use what we know to better support our community.

As an added incentive for many, cash donations are generally tax-deductible in Canada. There’s no downside to this gift, and it makes a bigger difference to us than you think.

Supporting Our Community Every Day

If you’re looking for a worthy cause to donate to, look no further than Regeneration Outreach Community. We’ve been tirelessly serving the Brampton community every day with everything from food banks and breakfast programs to health care and spiritual support. 

We’re here to help however we can, and your donation would be greatly appreciated. Donate today, and take your next step towards making the world a better place.

Written by Dan Gibson

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