The Best Non-perishable Foods to Donate

  • • canned beans
  • • dry beans
  • • peanut butter, or other nut butters
  • • rolled oats
  • • canned fruit in juice, not in light or heavy syrup

 

    • canned vegetables, with no or low-sodium
  • • low-sodium soups
  • • canned tuna in water
  • • canned chicken
  • • brown rice
  • • quinoa
  • • nuts, unsalted
  • • seeds, unsalted
  • • shelf stable milk and milk substitutes
  • • whole grain pasta
  • • low-sodium pasta sauce
  • • popcorn kernels (not microwave popcorn)
  • • canned stews
  • • unsweetened apple sauce
  • • whole grain, low-sugar cold cereals
  • • olive or canola oil
  • • canned tomatoes
  • • dried fruits, no sugar added
  • • honey
  • • chicken, beef, and vegetable broths and stock.

 

Armed with many of these foods, those who rely on food shelves can create healthy, filling meals.

Additional tips:

 

    • Canned goods with pop-top lids are better than canned goods that require a can opener
  • • Avoid foods packaged in glass (due to breakage).
  • • Do not donate foods that are past the expiration date.

 

  • Many personal care items cannot be purchased with SNAP funds. Consider donating soap, toilet paper, tampons/pads, diapers, laundry detergent, deodorant, toothpaste, dental floss, cleaning products, shampoo, lotion, etc.