In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, soup, canned vegetables, canned pasta, canned fruit, cereal, and boxed pasta are welcome. Also, anything that can safely be refrigerated or frozen and given out in individual/small family servings. We serve approximately 35 families each week representing over 100 people.
ProducePedia is a free resource that covers the types of fresh produce that can be delivered to food pantries. Each entry includes information on color, taste, and possible uses. People unfamiliar with the vegetable or fruit will learn how to use it, and those who are familiar with it still might learn a fun fact or two!
The Cooperative Extension sites have a wealth of information for any backyard gardener. Once you go to the site (each one if very different from the others) look for a link for “homes and gardens”, “landscape”, “consumer horticulture”, etc. to find information on improving your backyard garden. Neighboring state sites may offer information your own state’s site lacks.