What food you CAN donate to armenian food bank:

Armenian Food bank accept dry and canned food donations. What does that mean? Basically, any food that is “shelf-stable” or nonperishable – you can keep it in your pantry and it won’t go bad. Specifically, food banks often need items like:

  • Peanut butter

  • Canned soup

  • Canned fruit

  • Canned vegetables

  • Canned stew

  • Canned fish

  • Canned beans

  • Pasta (most prefer whole grain)

  • Rice (most prefer brown rice)

  • Oatmeal

  • Candies

  • Diced tomatoes

  • Tomato sauce

  • Canned vegetables

  • Cooking oils (such as olive oil or canola oil)

  • Flour

What not to donate to a food bank

The number one rule to remember is this: if your donation is perishable, i.e. it’s something that has a limited shelf life if not refrigerated, food banks won’t accept it. But there are other categories of food that you can’t donate. We've broken it all down into this handy list:

  • Items needing refrigeration: As we've already mentioned, this is the big one. Food like produce, dairy and meat can spoil easily and your local food bank may not have the refrigerator or freezer space needed to keep these items fresh. While an individual can’t donate a bunch of bananas or a frozen turkey, many food banks do work directly with farmers, retailers, restaurants and other companies to source these perishable foods for donation

  • Expired food: When considering what to donate, think about what you’d be comfortable serving your family. Chances are, you don’t eat food that’s past its “use-by” or “sell-by” date, so avoid donating anything past those dates to food banks as it could be unsafe to eat.

  • Leftovers: While it may be tempting to want to share the bountiful food from big meals , it’s best to keep leftovers for family. To ensure the people they serve are safe, food banks can’t accept leftovers or anything made in personal kitchens because they aren’t individually sealed and the food bank can’t verify the ingredients or preparation process. 

  • Food with packaging concerns: This includes food with damaged packaging such as dented or bloated cans, packaging that is already open, or even items in glass containers, which can shatter and cause food safety concerns for any other food they’re stored near. A good rule of thumb is if you wouldn't consider buying it new, don't donate it.

  • Baked goods: Similar to leftovers, since food banks can’t confirm how your baked goods were made or their ingredients, they can’t be donated. But, food banks often have relationships with local restaurants or bakeries which will donate extra food that is properly labeled and handled to nearby pantries, soup kitchens or shelters.

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Donate clothes to the ARMENIAN FOOD BANK 

 

As we try to help people with different social problems, we also accept clothing for adults and children. You can donate clothes, but it is very important that you check the condition of the clothes before you donate them. Clothes must be clean. Clothes must be dry and free from dirt. It is very important that the clothes are free of mold. We sort out all the clothes and distribute to everyone who needs it.

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  You can donate  ​HYGIENIC PRODUCTS

  • Toiletries – deodorant, toilet paper, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, tooth paste, hand wipes

  • Household items – laundry liquid detergent, laundry powder, washing up liquid

  • Feminine products – sanitary towels and tampons

  • Baby supplies – nappies, baby wipes and baby food.

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