Digging Through Your Pantry – Tips For Thanksgiving Food Drives

Digging Through Your Pantry – Tips For Thanksgiving Food Drives

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Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re experts in all aspects of home storage solutions. From garage storage to innovative murphy beds, Closet and Storage Concepts has the experience necessary to craft the perfect solution for your family’s needs. Some of our favorite types of projects to work on are kitchen pantries; not only is the kitchen often the nexus of a home, but it can also be one of the most disorganized areas in the house. As we inch closer to Thanksgiving, it’s likely that many organizations in your area are beginning to focus on their yearly pantry food drive. For this post, we’re taking our love for pantry storage projects and combining it with the importance of holiday food drives. We’ve put together a list of a few rules when it comes to donating items typically stored in your pantry. Sometimes getting your home better organized can also lead to added benefits for your community, so read on to find out how you can clear out your pantry storage while helping neighbors in need.

Start By Pulling Out Extra Items

The easiest way to get started with a food drive is to look into your pantry and find the items you have extras of. Whether you bought 20 cans of lentils when they were on sale or simply never got around to trying out that new product, take a look at your pantry and pull out the items you can easily part with. If you start your food drive approach from this angle, you’ll likely be able to find numerous items you can easily part with. Not every family has the extra income to devote to charity, so if you’re in this position try to organize your pantry while also giving back to the community. Not only will you end up with a better storage system in your kitchen, you’ll also be able to do some good in your local community.

Make Sure To Stick With Nonperishables

Although your pantry can be filled with a number of different types of items, it is essential that you stick to nonperishable items when it comes to most food drives. Most local food banks tend to prefer canned food above all else, as these items have a much longer shelf life than their paper-packaged brethren. Many food drives won’t take products contained in glass jars, so make sure to contact your local organization to find out exactly what kind of items they’re looking for. This way, when you go through your pantry, you’ll know exactly what items you should be pulling.

Focus On Healthy Foods

We all have items in our pantries that satisfy our sweet tooth or junk food addiction, but when donating to a food drive you should really avoid these types of items. Many organizations prefer organic food, but if your pantry doesn’t include these types of products you should focus on single ingredient items such as canned beans or fruit. Dried pasta and rice are also always a great choice, and most disorganized pantries tend to have a plethora of forgotten dried foods. When going through your pantry, make sure to pull out items that are suitable for kids and parents, and always lean towards food with a healthy bent.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we know the importance of an organized pantry as well as a healthy and well-fed community. This holiday season, we encourage everyone out there to not only get their kitchen pantries better organized, but also to remember just how important it is to give back. If you’re looking for a local food bank try a quick search on this site, and if you’re hoping to get your home better organized make sure to contact Closet and Storage concepts today!

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