What’s the best non-perishable food to donate?

Bless another.
While fresh foods are an important part of your daily diet, non-perishables are also needed and easy for you to donate. When deciding what to donate consider three things: nutrition, usefulness, and quality vs. quantity.

Nutrition

We aim to provide your neighbors with the healthiest food possible. Here are some examples of
healthy non-perishable foods you can donate.

• Canned fish, such as salmon, tuna and sardines
• Canned meats, such as chicken and turkey
• Whole grains, such as quinoa and spelt
• Rice (brown, wild)
• Steel-cut or rolled oats
• Whole grain dry cereals with at least 5 grams fiber/serving
• Whole grain pastas, such as whole wheat, brown rice flour or quinoa
• Fruits in natural juice with no sugar added
• Canned vegetables, low salt or no added salt
• Canned fruit packed in water versus syrup
• Canned or boxed low-sodium soups and stews
• Dried or canned legumes, such as peas, lentils, peanuts and beans
• Pureed foods, such as sweet potato, pumpkin and applesauce
• Low-fat dry or shelf-stable milk
• Nut butters, including peanut, almond, walnut

Other great things to donate:

• Dried herbs and spices and no-salt spice blends
• Popcorn kernels
• Dried fruits (preferably no added sugar), such as prunes, mangoes, apricots and raisins
• Granola, muesli
• Shelf-stable milk alternatives such as soy, almond, rice
• Seeds, such as sesame, sunflower or pumpkin
• Healthy oils, such as olive and grape seed
• Green, white and herbal tea
• Plain, unsalted nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pistachios and pecans
• Natural sweeteners, such as honey
• 100 percent fruit juice


Usefulness

Many of those in need are children. You can support their healthy food habits by donating food in kid-friendly sizes with easy-to-open packaging and no-cook food items.

There are items we cannot distribute such as alcohol of any kind, home-canned goods, or food where the ingredients are not available in English. Remember, if that canned item has been sitting in the back of your pantry for an unknown amount of time, dented, or damaged in any way, it’s probably best to leave that donation at home, or throw it out.

Quality vs. Quantity

We encourage you to give the best food possible, but also realize you have a budget. If you can afford to donate organic items, great. If not, that’s OK, too. Every donation makes a difference. What's most important is that we all come together to help our neighbors.

The time to bless another is here. Pass the word!

  1. Food Shelf Hours:
    Tuesday through Thursday
    from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.,
    and Fridays 9:00 a.m.
    to 12:00 noon.

    Donations can be dropped off anytime at the church.

    Expected usage is to be limited to once a month.