All year long, food banks around the world need our help. But around the holiday season more so than ever. We know the basics that they need because it's the one thing always stated: non-perishable food items. But, you know in your every day life, you need more than just that.

So what are some of the items that food banks need but don't typically ask for?

I reached out to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York for some answers and they graciously obliged.

They suggest a holiday dinner box with items. Here's an example for Thanksgiving:

credit: Region Food Bank

 

Here are some other items that you can help out with like baby items, school supplies, paper products and more. Take a peak!

FOOD DRIVE THEMES

Looking to collect food for the Food Bank?  Not sure what items are needed most?  Check out these theme bags and pick the ones that suit your fancy!

LET’S DO LUNCH

Tuna and Mayonnaise

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Soup and Crackers

FEELING FRUITY

Canned Peaches, Pears,

Fruit Cocktail, Pineapple

Or Applesauce

100% Juice in Cans

VEGGIE MANIA

Canned Corn

Canned Peas

Canned Beans

Canned Potatoes

Canned Sweet Potatoes

DINNER IS SERVED

Canned Beef Stew

Canned Pork and Beans

Instant Potatoes/Stuffing Mix

Macaroni and Cheese

Spaghetti or other Pasta

Canned Spaghetti Sauce

BACK TO SCHOOL

Pencils and Pens

Folders and Notebooks

Crayons

Tape and Elmer’s Glue 

PAPER PRODUCTS

Toilet Tissue

Paper Towels

Facial Tissues

AND BABY MAKES THREE

Disposable Diapers

Baby Wipes

Liquid Formula

Jars of Baby Food

KEEP IT CLEAN

Dish Soap

Bar Soap

Laundry Soap

SHELTER KIT

Shampoo

Bar Soap

Disposable Razor

Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Deodorant

Lip Balm

Comb and Brush

FOR THE BATH

Shampoo and Conditioner

Bar Soap

Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Sanitary Napkins

Toilet Tissue

SPECIAL NEEDS DIET

Low Sodium Soups

Canned Fruit in Juices (not syrup)

Canned Tuna in Water

Low Sodium Crackers

Natural Applesauce (no sugar)

WAKE UP CALL

Coffee and Teabags

The Regional Food Bank also accepts financial donations, as well. They ask that you please make checks payable to the Regional Food Bank.

Every little bit matters to every food bank, so please think about giving back this holiday season and make someone's celebration not just better, but actually be a celebration!

 

REGIONAL FOOD BANK

965 Albany Shaker Road

Latham, NY 12110

518-786-3691