Local foodbanks are struggling. In tight economic times, donations to foodbanks tend to dry up. And this is the time when help is most needed.
I try to keep some extra canned food on hand for emergencies and if I donít use it when the pull date comes around, I donate it and replace it.
Please donít throw away canned food if the pull date has passed. Most canned food remains safe after the pull date but may lose some food value. Dented cans are not unsafe. Bulging cans are probably unsafe. If you are in doubt, give them to your foodbank and let them decide. They usually know best.
It always feels good to donate food but donating money is more effective. Foodbanks have access to much better buys on foods than the average consumer. Cash also gives the foodbank the flexibility to buy what they need most.
Some foodbanks need clean glass jars with labels removed for repackaging. They often need boxes, paper sacks and plastic bags. Check with your local foodbank and see what they need. You may be throwing away things they can use.
Donít forget to volunteer. Even a few hours a week will help.