Thanksgiving gives us a chance to take a day and reflect on things we are thankful for with our family and friends. If you’re fortunate enough to have many things to be thankful for, this is also a great time to think about how you can help those who are not as fortunate. Food is expensive and the cost of groceries adds up quickly, especially if you have a large family to feed. Through the generosity of the community, food banks and pantries are available and could use a variety of non-perishable items. If you’re thinking about helping out, but wondering what to donate, here is a list of the top 10 items needed at our local food banks.
- Personal care items (toilet paper, laundry detergent, beauty items, baby formula, and diapers)
- Canned fruit and 100% fruit juices
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Canned meat like tuna and chicken
- Non-perishable grains like pasta and rice
- Tomato and pasta sauces
- Canned or dried beans
- Canned chili, soups, and stews
- Breakfast cereals and granola bars
- Financial donations
Every little bit helps, especially during the holiday season. Together we can make a difference for our neighbors in need. For more information about donating, please visit: Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry, Johnson County Crisis Center, Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP), and The Salvation Army of Cedar Rapids.