What is a Healthy Food Drive?

Everyone needs healthy food to manage weight, prevent disease and relieve stress. Eat Smart Idaho is committed to assisting food pantries seeking healthier donations such as those on this list.

Healthy MyPlate Items

WHOLE GRAINS

  • Whole grain cereals (oatmeal, Cheerios)
  • Whole grain bread and crackers
  • Whole grain pasta or brown rice

FRUIT & VEGETABLES

  • Shelf-Stable fruit, packed in juice, no-sugar
  • Shelf-stable vegetables, low-sodium or no-sodium

MEATS & PROTEINS

  • Canned meat, chicken, salmon, or tuna
  • Peanut butter (no added sugars)
  • Dried or canned beans (low or no sodium

DAIRY

  • Shelf-stable milk, low or non-fat
  • Soy milk, calcium fortified, unflavored
  • Dry milk, non-fat

No-Cook, Easy-Open Kits 

In addition to healthy MyPlate items, we ask for easy open, no-cook items for those who may not have access to refrigeration or cooking equipment.

  • Cracker Kits (such as Tuna & Crackers or Chicken Salad & Crackers)
  • Peanut Butter & Crackers (or small pack-able PB jars & whole grain crackers)
  • Jerky or dried meat, low-sodium
  • Packaged nuts, low-sodium
  • Pop-top soups & chilies
  • Easy-open fruit packs
  • Dried fruit, no added sugar
  • Nutrition bars
  • Shelf-stable milk boxes
  • 100% juice boxes or pouches

Here is a printable Healthy Pantry/Healthy Food Drive list.

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