Food Pantries Need Quality Donations, Not Just Quantity
People who rely on food pantries to put meals on the table disproportionately suffer from health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure or gluten intolerance. A University of Wisconsin Extension study released earlier this year found that the majority of respondents reported having difficulty finding suitable food at food banks.
This shows how it’s important to think about not only the quantity of donations to food pantries, but also the quality and nutritional diversity. Many pantries report frequently receiving donations of sugary cereals, high sodium soups and other unhealthy packaged foods. Next time you donate, consider giving fresh fruit or other nutritious produce.
Read more about University of Wisconsin Extension’s good pantry suggestions here!