If you’ve been reading Bargains to Bounty for a while, you know that a large part of my passion for saving money is that it allows you to stretch your current grocery budget even further. You can spend less, provide more for your family, and then donate your extras to others in need. The Michigan economy has created a challenge for all of us – and in turn, food pantries in our area face greater needs than ever.
You might be wondering which items food pantries need. Anything unopened (and not expired) with a long shelf life is welcomed, but items high in protein are always in demand.
Recommended Food Pantry Items
- canned fruits and vegetables
- canned or pouch meats (tuna, chicken, salmon, spam)
- canned pasta
- peanut butter
- jam or jelly
- pasta and rice
- pasta sauce
- soup and chili
- macaroni and cheese
- granola bars or cereal bars
- powdered or shelf-stable boxed milk
- baby food and formula
- juice and juice boxes
Other items are always appreciated, so don’t limit your donations to only those items. Here are additional suggestions:
- baking ingredients (flour, sugar, vanilla, salt, cooking oil, etc.)
- individual snack items for lunches
- toilet paper and tissues
- laundry and cleaning items
- personal and hygiene items
Find a Food Pantry Near You
Search PantryNet.org by zip code to find locations that accept donations nearest you.
If you live in Oakland or Wayne county, you may also want to check out American Food Resource.
He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor. Proverbs 22:9