Here’s a general idea of what foods Village of Hope needs most throughout the year. Typically longer shelflife products, dry and canned are always needed, as well as toiletries .
Personal hygiene products, diapers and wet wipes, toilet paper.
Popular with all ages, cereals are a great donation to help make sure those in need get a good breakfast to start the day. We’d recommend that you choose varieties that are low in sugar and high in fibre.
2. Canned Soups and Stew
These items provide a warm and nutritious lunch or dinner, and often come contain 3 food groups; protein (e.g. meat), carbohydrates (e.g. potatoes) and veg. Most vegetable soup will provide one of your 5-a-day but where possible, try to donate lower salt options.
3. Pasta, rice and pasta sauce
Pasta and rice can be great accompaniments to a meal and provide a source of carbohydrates and often very little fat. Look out for whole grain / brown pasta / rice options to help support fibre intakes.
4. Canned meat and fish
These provide an excellent source of protein. They can easily be added to stews or soups to help support a balanced diet, so they make a useful donation to Village of Hope. Choose canned fish in spring water over oil.
5. Canned beans and vegetables
Canned vegetables are a great and versatile choice - low-salt canned vegetables are even better. It takes no time to add extra vegetables to pasta sauces and soups to decrease their energy density and increase their nutrient density.
6. Canned fruit
Canned fruits make a great, non-perishable addition to Village of Hope’s snack or dessert offering and contribute to 5-a-day intake. Always select ones in juice over syrup to reduce consumption of added sugar.
Salt and pepper, cumin, turmeric, paprika go a long way in improving any meal and will store for a while, so they make a good donation that may get overlooked by many when giving to Village of Hope. Where available, choose reduced salt, sugar and/or fat versions.
8. Canola and olive oil sprays
Cooking oils are always in high demand at food banks - canola and olive oil (doesn’t need to be extra virgin) are good options because they’re the highest in monounsaturated fats and have a relatively mild flavour. Being fats they are naturally high in energy so spray options can be an excellent choice (as well as safer for storage) and ensure they are used sparingly.
9. Broth and Stock
Cans of beef, chicken, or vegetable broth and stock are some of the most versatile foods out there because they can be used as foundations for many recipes from soups to casseroles. Try and opt for those low salt to create the healthiest soup foundation possible.
10. All-Natural Juice
Long-life 100% fruit juice can contribute toward 5-a-day intakes and certain juices such as orange can provide a source of vitamin C - but make sure you choose 100% fruit options and the sugars are only those occurring naturally.