Most Needed SuperFoods

Individuals typically respond to food drives by pulling cans from the back of pantries. SuperFood Drive’s aim is to provide nutritious SuperFoods to the those who would not otherwise have access to them, and as a result, educate both the individuals donating, and those receiving, about the health benefits of nutrient-dense SuperFoods. ¬†SuperFoods nourish the body and the mind, promoting wellbeing within individuals and as a result, throughout communities.

Below is a list of food banks’ most needed items, modified to be the nutritious version of the typical fare.

Whole Grains

  • Rice (Brown, Wild)
  • Steel-cut or Rolled Oats
  • Whole grain dry cereals (at least 5 grams fiber/serving)
  • Whole grain pastas (whole wheat or brown rice flour)
  • Not as well-known, but verynutritious whole grains:
    • Quinoa
    • Wheat Berries
    • Kasha (Buckwheat)
    • Amaranth
    • Teff

Nut Butters

  • Natural, non-hydrogenated. Ingredients should only list nuts and maybe salt:
    • Peanut
    • Almond
    • Macadamia
    • Walnut
    • Sunflower
    • Tahini

Canned Fish and Meats (especially cold water fish)

  • Tuna
  • Sardines
  • Wild Salmon

Canned Fruits and Vegetables

  • Packed in water versus syrup

Canned Soups, Beans and Legumes

  • Black Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Lentils
  • Low Sodium Soups

Nuts and Seeds

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios

Dried Fruits

  • Preferably no added sugar:
    • Blueberries
    • Prunes
    • Cranberries
    • Goji Berries
    • Mango
    • Apple

Dried herbs and spices to flavor beans, grains, etc.

 

Other Nutritious SuperFoods to donate:

  • Olive oil
  • Green and White Tea
  • Dark chocolate
  • Honey
  • 100% fruit juice