Companies, school clubs, church groups, and others often hold food drives to help replenish the pantries of their local Salvation Army or food bank.
We love that about you! So we want to help you make it happen.
Here are a two things to keep in mind:
1) If you would like to donate to a program that serves communal meals, then please try to collect a lot of a particular item. In other words, ask people who donate to your food drive to bring something specific like spaghetti, canned pasta sauce, and / or a canister of grated parmesan cheese.
2) Or, if you’re collecting items that The Salvation Army or local food pantry can distribute to hungry people for use at home, please be guided by this list of healthy staples.
> Canned fruits, vegetables and pasta sauce
> Canned juice and juice drinks in foil packets or boxes
> Baby formula
> Hearty, low-sodium soups
> High-energy foods such as peanut butter, jelly and crackers
> Prepackaged trail mix
> Compressed food bars which are high in protein (such as Power Bars or Clif Bars)
> Dried foods like beef or turkey jerky (watch for salt content)
> Freeze-dried foods like hummus mix or vegetarian chili mix (found in the health food section of most grocery stores)
> Whole grain cereals like oatmeal and low-fat granola
> Microwave popcorn
> Snack-sized canned goods with pull-off lids
> Nonperishable canned foods for the family pets
> Canned tuna or ham
> Spaghetti or pastas in any shape or size
> Bagged white or brown rice
> Dried or canned beans, lentils, etc.
If you want to connect with The Salvation Army center near you to find out how you can help, please click here and use the zip code finder in the center of the page.