Originally prepared by C. Joyce Kleffner, Extension educator. Revised and updated by Kate Yerxa, Extension educator.
Take this chart with you when you go grocery shopping to help you choose healthy foods to donate to the food pantries, or use it to help you organize a community food drive.
Check with your county University of Maine Cooperative Extension office for a listing of pantries or food assistance programs in your area and accompanying donation information, or visit the County Search for Food Assistance Programs on the Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources website.
If you want to donate fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables or other perishable food items, please call the food pantry first to be sure they can accept them. Keep these items refrigerated or frozen to keep them safe.
|Protein Foods: Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, and Nuts||Grains: Bread, Cereal, Rice, and Pasta|
canned beef stews
canned or dried beans
|rice and rice mixes
dry noodles and pastas
macaroni and cheese mix
hot cereal mixes
bread, muffin, and pancake mixes
|Dairy: Milk, Yogurt and Cheese||Vegetables||Fruits||Oils and Condiments|
nonfat dry milk
instant breakfast drinks
shelf-stable (UHT) milk (small boxes)
canned and boxed pudding
canned tomato products
fruit leather (100% fruit)
canned and boxed 100% juice
jelly and jam
Certain non-food items may also be welcome. Call your local food pantry to see what they need.
|Paper Products||Soap Products||Personal Care Products||Extras|
laundry and dish detergent
feminine hygiene products
To get involved in community food recovery, use the ideas in the Food for ME fact sheets, call the National Hunger Hotline at 800.453.2648 (800.GLEAN.IT) or 866.348.6479 (866.3.HUNGRY), or visit www.whyhunger.org.
Food Recovery Resources
Information in this publication is provided purely for educational purposes. No responsibility is assumed for any problems associated with the use of products or services mentioned. No endorsement of products or companies is intended, nor is criticism of unnamed products or companies implied.
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