Healthier giving is high on the Alameda County Community Food Bank’s wish list this year. The food bank, which serves one in five county residents, has teamed up with the nonprofit SuperFoodDrive to encourage nutritious food donations. If you’re participating in a canned food drive, opt for higher-nutrition items like quinoa, lentils, nuts, rolled oats, canned salmon or chicken, and peanut butter with the oil separated. Canned vegetables with lower sodium are preferred, as is dried fruit without added sugar.
SuperFoodDrive works to improve the health of food-insecure populations by prioritizing nutrition as it supports hunger relief organizations. Check out their website for tips on hosting a food drive and choosing which foods to donate. Founder Ruthi Solari also encourages donations of time: Volunteer at a food bank during the holidays or throughout the year.
The Alameda County Food Bank distributes fresh and packaged foods through a network of 240 food pantries, soup kitchens, child-care centers, senior centers, and other community organizations. Info: accfb.org and superfooddrive.org