Providing Healthful Food
In our fight against hunger, we sometimes come face to face with a mean irony. Food insecurity and obesity are often two sides of the same coin. It’s a tragic fact that children in low-income communities are more likely to be faced with nutrient-poor and high-sodium diets, increasing their risk for health problems. While too many Coloradans don’t have reliable access to fresh fruit and vegetables, they do have access to cheaper foods that are high in corn fructose syrup, sugar, or sodium.
To meet the greatest need of our community – more healthful and well-balanced foods – Metro Caring is moving towards distributing foods that are not excessively high in sodium or sugar.
If you are interested in donating food to Metro Caring, start with this list below! These are the nutritious items that our participants have requested in a recent survey. This is just a starting point and if you want to donate other healthy and nutritious items that would be more than welcome!
Suggested Shopping List:
- Beans, canned or dry
- Brown or white rice
- Peanut butter (or other nut butters)
- Rolled oats (unsweetened)
- Fruit, canned (in juice, not in light or heavy syrup)
- Vegetables, canned (no or low sodium)
- Tomatoes, canned (no or low sodium)
- Corn, canned (low sodium)
- Soups, canned (low sodium)
- Chicken/beef/vegetable stock and broth (canned and low sodium)
- Stews, canned (low sodium)
- Tuna or chicken (canned, in water)
- Pasta, whole grain
- Pasta sauces (low sodium)
- Cereal, whole grain and low sugar
- Milk or milk substitutes (shelf-stable)
- Oil, olive or canola
- Honey or agave
- Nuts, unsalted
- Seeds, unsalted
- Fruit, dried, unsweetened
- Apple sauce, unsweetened
- Popcorn kernels (not microwavable)
Look for “100% whole grain,” “unsweetened,” “no sodium/salt added,” or “low sodium” on labels.
If you are not sure whether the food you have is too high in salt or sugar, still bring the food to Metro Caring. We will find a home for it!