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Food banks: What items are best to donate?


Food pantries are grateful for all donations of non-perishable foods. But some non-perishables are far more nutritious than others.  Making conscientious food donations can help give those in need the healthiest food possible for themselves and their families.

  • Canned tuna fish, chicken, or salmon
  • Canned low-sodium/no salt added beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Low-sodium/no salt added canned soups & stews
  • Unsalted nuts
  • Low-sodium/no salt added canned vegetables
  • Low sodium/no salt added tomato products/spaghetti sauce
  • No added sugar dried fruit
  • No added sugar applesauce
  • Canned fruit in its own juice
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Oatmeal
  • Brown rice
  • Whole grain pasta
  • Low sugar/high fiber cereal (Cheerios, Raisin Bran, etc.)
  • Dried milk
  • Evaporated milk
  • Boxed, shelf stable milk

Looking for more guidance on your diet? 

Make an appointment with the dietitians in the Frances Stern Nutrition Center at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.