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15 Best Canned Foods To Donate
Convenient for those with limited access to cooking equipment, canned soup offers a quick, comforting, and often nutritious meal that only requires warming, not cooking.
Protein-packed soups, soups with potatoes or pasta, and vegetarian soups are all ideal. The only thing you’ll want to stay away from is cans with high salt levels.
Baked Beans
Baked beans are versatile, can be enjoyed cold, and are packed with plant-based proteins. They can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
It’s important to note that canned baked beans can be very high in sugar and sodium, so check nutrition labels if purchasing cans to donate.
Canned tomatoes are a pivotal base for countless quick, straightforward recipes that are easy to prepare in the microwave or on the stovetop.
There are a few different types of canned tomatoes, each with its own benefits, so it’s best to call in advance and find out which type your local food bank needs.
Fruit In Juice
Canned fruit offers nutritional benefits similar to fresh produce, but is more accessible, making it easier to give to those who are in need.
This very versatile ingredient often has the added benefit of being pre-cut, meaning anyone who doesn't have access to knives can enjoy them without struggle.
Canned fish matches fresh fish in its rich content of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Many canned fish are also rich in vitamin D and iron, which are very beneficial.
Canned fish is incredibly versatile and can be used in many different meals. Keep in mind that many donation centers suggest choosing canned fish packed in brine instead of oil.