Thursday, November 22, 2012

Food Revolution Friday: Fill Your Food Bank

If you've followed Notes From the Cookie Jar for awhile, you know that hunger is something I'm really passionate about.  What inspired me to get involved with food revolution was a boy without a lunch, because while we we want to be sure kids at school have something healthy to eat, it's important to make sure that they eat at all.

This time of year is important for Food Banks in Canada - the donations gathered usually carry them through into the new year. With about 900,000 people accessing Canada's food banks in the last year, the need is great and you can help out so many ways in your community, why not lend a hand?

JRfm has partnered with BC Food Banks with Basics for Babies, which focuses on the smallest food bank recipients, by collecting things like diapers, baby food, pablum, and formula

CBC is hosting an Open House and Food Bank Day December 7th, where you can drop on by their Vancouver location and meet on air personalities, get a tour of the newsroom, and benefit the food banks of BC.

Don't forget Kraft's Food for Families, where you can sign your name, every day, and every single time you do Kraft donates $.50 to the food bank of your choice!  You don't have to leave the comfort of your living room, and still make a difference.

The Beat Cares Holiday Toy and Food Drive is also December 7th, at Superstore on Grandview Highway from 6am to 10 pm.

What are the most needed items you could donate to the Food bank besides cash?

-peanut butter
-brown rice
-whole wheat pasta
-canned meat, like tuna
-canned beans
-canned vegetables
-canned fruit
-cereal (low sugar)
-pasta sauce
-formula and baby food

While it may be tempting to donate something that you consider a treat, keep in mind that people need the most nutrition for their buck, so make it stretch with peanut butter and cereal!  There is also demand for gluten free items, so if you have some gluten free things they would be much appreciated.  Check with your local food bank to find out if you can donate fruits or vegetables, as some have the fridge and/or freezer space to take them as well.

Whatever you choose to do, toss an extra can or two in the Food Bank collection bin.  If we all do a little, imagine what a dent we could make in hunger this holiday season.

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