Core Foods For Food Drives

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The Good Food Bank focuses on making the healthiest and most nutritious food choices available to our participants. We invite you to help us keep our shelves fully stocked with Core Foods

What defines Core Foods?

Core Foods are staples that meet two of the following criteria. They are:

  • Rich in nutrients
  • In environmentally-friendly packaging
  • Locally grown and/or produced
  • Low in sodium (salt)
  • Low in fat
  • Low to no processing
  • Less than 3-5 ingredients on the label

The Core Food List suitable for Food Drives:

  • Canned whole, diced or crushed tomatoes
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned tomato paste and sauce
  • Canned pasta sauces
  • Canned seafood
  • Canned  beans and dried beans
  • Canned baked beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Bread - whole grain/whole wheat when possible
  • Dried pasta
  • Rice
  • Oats
  • Grains and seeds
  • Breakfast cereals (low sugar)

Here’s a hint:  Consider collecting just one or two foods. Make it a peanut butter drive or ask everyone to bring a dried pasta and pasta sauce.

And please, the Good Food Bank cannot use:

  •   Dented cans
  •   Food in open or ripped packaging
  •   Any food past its Best Before date
  •   Meat not slaughtered and packaged in a certified facility