What Food Donations Best Help Your Local Food Bank

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For many of us, the flipping of the calendar to 2018 brings with it new goals and earnest intentions to do more within our communities. Food banks are a valuable resource for feeding those who are unable to feed themselves or their families. The Central Texas Food Bank operates as the largest hunger-relief charity in central Texas. They depend on financial supporters and volunteers to fill the unmet needs of many central Texas residents. However, this time of the year, many people treat their local food bank as more of a dumping-off spot for their unwanted pantry items and, according to Central Texas Food Bank Dietitian Mary Agnew, many items that get donated aren’t of much use to families who struggle to feed themselves.

Peanut Butter Packs More of a Punch than Pumpkin Puree

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Agnew shared with the Austin360 website what items are the most helpful to your local food banks. Agnew advised Austin360:

At the food bank, we are receiving your donations by the truck full this time of year, so it’s a good time to share what items are most helpful for our clients. Canned cranberry sauce doesn’t have the same nutritional impact on a family as a can of tuna or chicken breast, a can of low-sodium vegetable soup, a jar of peanut butter or a bag of brown rice or pinto beans, which are all items requested most from our clients. Those are the items that not only pack a nutritional punch but are also more appealing than cans of pumpkin puree or evaporated milk leftover from Thanksgiving.”

Central Texas Food Bank: Serving 46,000 People Every Week

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The mission of Central Texas Food Bank is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in the fight against hunger. Founded in 1981, the Food Bank provides food and grocery products through a network of nearly 260 Partner Agencies and nutrition programs, serving nearly 46,000 people every week. Headquartered in Austin, the Food Bank serves 21 counties in Central Texas, an area about twice the size of Massachusetts.

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