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Most Needed Nutritious Food Bank Donations

Most Needed Nutritious Food Bank Donations
Food drives are an important source of donations and help ensure food bank shelves are filled when the need is high. To increase contributions, grocery retailers can provide the opportunity for shoppers to make non-perishable food donations right in store! This Nutrition Month, consider supporting the Spring Food Drive at your local Loblaw Companies location.

Looking to make your donation as nutritious as possible? These are the most needed healthy non-perishable items:

Shop for grains: 6-8 servings of grain products are recommended each day from Canada’s Food

  • Oatmeal (regular-no added sugar)
  • Pot barley
  • Whole grain high-fibre bran cereal
  • Whole grain pasta or brown rice
Consider different types of protein: 
People living in poverty often struggle to access enough healthy foods, such as protein, and nutritious donations to food banks can go a long way towards increasing these options.

  • Canned salmon or tuna
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned or dry beans (chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans)
  • Nuts (unsalted)
Don’t forget about fruits and vegetables! It can be difficult for food banks to access seasonal produce during this time of year and non-perishable items can supplement hampers.

  • Canned fruits and vegetables (no added sugar or salt) 
  • Tomato sauce (sodium reduced)

The next time you are grocery shopping, make a difference in your community by helping stock food bank shelves for spring.  Until April 1st, look for the bin at your local Loblaw store.
Thank you to Loblaw for their ongoing partnership. Loblaw is a key donor of our National Food Sharing System, a program that acquires and shares food across Canada. Loblaw supports local food banks every year through two national food drives. Since its inception, the food drives have raised $12.5 million and 11.8 million pounds of food.

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