Last year all the provincial broadcasters got together to coordinate a giant food donation drive for the food banks in the Netherlands.
This year they are doing this food drive again.
Last year I donated lots of food. This year I intent to do it again. But what is best to donate? Mum in the Madhouse made a lovely list, that I could borrow for this post!
- Tuna – It’s packed full of protein and can be cooked as part of a meal or eaten straight from the can
- Things with ring pulls – Yep, This is probably one of the biggest tips I can give you! Homeless people often don’t carry tin openers due to the amount of stuff they have to carry around so if the tin of food you give doesn’t have a ring pull on it then they might not be able to eat it. Such a little thing that can make a difference!
- Baby formula. As anyone who has formula fed a baby knows, formula is a big drain on your finances. This is a great way that you can support familieson a low income with young kids.
- Nappies. Yep, same thing. No one should be worrying about how often they can afford to change their child’s nappy or if buying a new pack means less food that week.
- Chopped pork or corned beef. These both used to be cheap sources of protein but the price of them has really risen. They’re super versatile as like tuna, they can be used as part of a meal or can be eaten cold.
- Baked beans. And yes, apparently the value ones are more than ok to give!
- Tinned curry. A great way to help people have a nice meal with some flavour in it. They also often contain some vegetables in them which is helpful.
- Irish Stew. This is also something that gets requested a lot.
- Kids snacks. As all parents know, kids can eat a lot and need topping up with food regularly!
- Pot noodles. A good source of protein and carbohydrates.
- Big Soups. Tinned hearty soups need to be better nutritionally than others.
- Rice Pudding. Stodgy, filling and very popular.
- Coffee and tea.
- UHT Milk for people who don’t have access to a fridge.
- Financial aid rather than sleeping bags. If you want to give a sleeping bag for a homeless person then it’s very much appreciated, but food banks and homeless centres don’t always have a lot of additional room for storage though and can also often get deals when buying sleeping bags in bulk, meaning that your money can go further.
- Help throughout the year. Your help and support at Harvest and Christmas is really, truly appreciated, however please don’t forget food banks throughout the rest of winter. January, February and even March can be exceptionally cold and people living on the street or in poverty need your help just as much then.
- Feminine hygiene products. You really don’t want to choose between buying food or tampons. And, lets face it, tampons are expensive enough when you do have money.
- Animal food. Animals can’t help their owner have hit a rough patch in life. They need help too.
- Laundry detergent.
The last four are added by me, as I know these things will often get overseen and most people on a very low income don’t have the money to buy these more expensive things. If you have to choose between food and tampons pr laundry detergent, I know what I’d choose…
thank you, mum in the madhouse, for letting me use your post! Make sure you check out her blog!