Holiday Donation Grocery List

As fall settles in, we find ourselves breaking out the comfort food cookbooks and preparing for the swiftly approaching holiday season.  Turkey’s, ham’s, candied yams, mashed potatoes with rich gravies, yeast rolls, cranberry orange muffins, walnut bread, and nut brittle may be just a few of the many fabulous goodies you’re planning to prepare and serve your guests.

And, while the hustle and bustle of list making and grocery shopping can become a bit overwhelming at times, we at North Valley Food Bank are here to make your life a little easier.  This year, putting your donation box together will be as easy as pie.  Included in the list is tips and suggestions of what is most beneficial as well as some of the items there we see too much of sometimes.  Just copy and paste the following list to print and carry with you.

Together we can give families in need a very Happy Holiday indeed!

  1. Money can be the quickest way to donate which saves you time and energy while helping immensely. This allows us to purchase exactly what is needed most.
  2. Canned meats: Think beyond tuna & soup. Other excellent options are canned beef, canned ham, canned chicken, canned salmon. Or hearty ready-to-go meals like beef stew and chili with meat.
  3. Canned vegetables:  potatoes, carrots, spinach, peas or any other veggies your family likes.
  4. Canned fruit: Pears, apricots, peaches, Manderine oranges, etc., particularly those in fruit juice without extra sugar, would be great. Dried fruit works too (raisins, etc.). We currently have PLENTY of cranberry sauce and dried cranberries.
  5. With the holidays around the corner, consider donating whole turkey’s and chicken’s, ham’s, sausage, and fun meats you would feed your family and guests.
  6. Produce with a longer shelf life like bags of apples, oranges, potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, assorted squash(edible of course, not the ornamental kind), carrots, beets, cabbage, garlic, peppers, onions, etc.
  7. Nuts! Shelled, raw nuts. Super excellent in healthy, brain nurturing fats.  Almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, pistachios (it is the holidays), brazil nuts, plain roasted peanuts, sunflower seeds.
  8. Brown rice, white rice, quick rice, Quinoa, stuffing, etc.
  9. Healthy cooking oils
  10. Low-sugar cereal like plain Cheerios, Chex, Life Cereal, Granola, etc.
  11. Peanut butter, almond butter
  12. Instant oatmeal, instant grits, and other hot cereals.
  13. Cans of beans of all kinds.
  14. Canned chicken broth, beef broth, veggie broth.
  15. Pasta’s and pasta sauce (alfredo is a fun addition to the mix)
  16. Biscuit or baking mixes. Try to gets mixes that require only water or very few additional ingredients.
  17. Cans, cartons or boxes of powered and evaporated milk.
  18. Herbs and spices like cinnamon, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, baking powder and baking soda
  19. Snack items for kids to take to school: juice boxes, applesauce containers, granola bars,
  20. Diapers in sizes above newborn, plus wipes.
  21. Toiletries: toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste, lotion, shampoo & conditioner, warm socks, Chapstick (consider someone living outside this time of year)
  22. Feminine hygiene products: unscented pads will be most universally used, not tampons
  23. Chocolate. It’s not a necessity but just a pick-me-up that I would sure appreciate, especially when it comes time to fill stockings.