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Give to Neighbors in Need at Food Pantries Near You

Did you know, the Covid-19 pandemic has affected so many areas of our lives, including food security?  About 1/3 of all food produced never makes it to our mouths. At the same time, many mouths are going unfed.

In 2019, more than 35 million people experienced food insecurity, and that number has only risen since the pandemic.  It is estimated that more than 42 million people may experience food insecurity because of the COVID-19 (Feeding America).

While there are long-term solutions we need to work towards in order to solve for larger inequities, one of the easiest ways you can help TODAY is by donating food to your local food bank/free pantry! You can make a difference right away…

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*All suggestions: preferably plant-based and organic [if available/cost-efficient]*

  • Canned produce and veggies (like beans!)
  • Canned soups, like garden vegetable, black bean, and butternut squash
  • Baby food in pouches
  • Many food pantries will accept fresh produce, but always check beforehand
  • Peanut butter, or peanut-free alternatives such as almond or cashew butter
  • Dried pastas (especially whole-grain) and dried whole grains like brown rice, farro, and quinoa (they are long-lasting and versatile)
  • Popcorn (this whole grain makes a healthy snack when lightly seasoned)
  • Flour and/or whole-wheat flour (a staple that allows for more flexibility in meals)
  • Oatmeal, healthy breakfast cereals, and granola bars
  • Variety of bready items, such as whole-wheat bread, naan, pita bread, and corn tortillas


Please follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 guidelines for washing hands before and after handling food or coming into contact with high-touch surfaces (like pantry door handles).

As the CDC has stated: “There is no evidence to suggest that handling food or consuming food is associated with COVID-19. Follow food safety guidelines when handling and cleaning fresh produce. Do not wash produce with soap, bleach, sanitizer, alcohol, disinfectant, or any other chemical.”

More Info

  • Feeding America has a network of 200 food banks across the US, and this map to find the closest one to you!
  • Behind Feeding America, the top two largest food banks in the US are Feed the Children and Midwest Food Bank, which operate across multiple states and focus on disaster relief — including pandemics.
    When in doubt, use your phone! GPS navigation apps like Apple Maps and Waze can help you find your nearest food bank or pantry.
  • Remember to food bank website before dropping anything off, as some distributors have only been accepting monetary donations as a precaution against COVID-19

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