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What are our critical needs items? 

  • Fruits: Canned fruit (in its own juice, no sugar added varieties), dried fruit, 100% fruit juice
  • Vegetables: Canned vegetables (reduced salt/no salt varieties), 100% vegetable juice, spaghetti sauce
  • Grains: Rice, pasta, crackers (whole-grain varieties), ready-to-eat cereal (low sugar/high-fiber), oatmeal
  • Protein Foods: Canned meat/poultry, canned tuna/salmon (packed in water), canned/dry beans & peas (low/no salt varieties), peanut butter
  • Dairy/Dairy Alternatives: Nonfat dry milk, evaporated milk, soymilk
  • Meals: Beef stew, canned soup (reduced sodium varieties), chili, other canned meals
  • Other: Nutritional drinks (ex: Ensure, Boost)
  • Baby Food: Must be in complete, undamaged original packaging. No individual serving glass or plastic containers unless in an unopened case.
  • Non-food Items: Diapers, toiletries (soap, shampoo, shaving cream, etc.). Must be unopened and stored separate from food donations.

Please remember the special needs of infants and toddlers; they need FIVE to THRIVE:

Infants

  • Powdered infant milk or soy based formulas (WIC-approved preferred)
  • Baby cereal
  • Baby fruits (single ingredient preferred)
  • Baby vegetables (single ingredient preferred)
  • Baby Meats (no meat sticks)

Toddlers

  • Shelf-stable white whole milk for 1 year olds; Shelf-stable 1% (low fat) or skim milk for 2 years olds and up; Shelf-stable soy milk.
  • Canned fruits, preferably packed in juice with no added sugar
  • Canned vegetables, preferably low sodium or no salt added
  • Canned beans such as black, red, pink, pinto beans, black-eyed peas, pigeon peas, garbanzos
  • Shelf stable foods designed for toddlers such as Stage 3, Graduates, etc.
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