Food Items

Each of the bags that we distribute to the hungry ideally contains a starch, protein, vegetable, fruit and snack item from the following wish list of donations:

PEANUT BUTTER
PASTA
CANNED TUNA
CANNED MEATS
BEANS
RICE
CANNED VEGETABLES
CANNED FRUITS
CEREALS
POWDERED MILKS
SNACKS

No glass jars please!!!

We also appreciate your donations of brown paper bags.

Thank you!!

NHIFP HEALTHY FOOD GUIDELINES
OCTOBER 17, 2010

  • PLENTY OF Vegetables/Fruits
  • Healthy(low glycemic) carbohydrates (preferably whole grain). For example: whole-wheat pasta is not all that more expensive than regular. It is whole grain, higher in fiber and has quite a bit of protein.
  • Lean protein(canned tuna, chicken, peanut butter)
  • Healthy fat(peanut butter, olives, nuts)

It's also important to try to ensure any additional ingredients in the canned food do NOT include:

  • Sugar(or its derivatives or substitutes such as high fructose corn syrup). If there are only a few grams of sugar (or cane juice) added to something like pasta sauce, it's not the end of the world, but generally should be avoided. NOTE: For canned fruit, it would be preferable to include ones in their own juice (i.e., pineapple).
  • Artificial colors or flavors(i.e. Red, Yellow with numbers, etc.)
  • Harmful preservatives(MSG and derivatives Autolyzed yeast extract, maltodextrin; BHA/BHT; TBHQ; Nitrates/Nitrites)
  • High sodiumlevels (this is a bit relative, but generally anything greater than 400-500mg per serving)
  • Any hydrogenated oils