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Easy Meal Boxes You Can Make For Local Food Pantries

May 20, 2022
Caroline Burk

I’ll admit it…In the past, when I’ve gone to put together a food donation, I’ve grabbed some random cans from my pantry and called it a day. There’s nothing wrong with this, and I’m sure pantries appreciate these items, but it recently occurred to me that I could be a bit more creative and intentional when I donate to those in need.

Sometimes, food collection projects are looking for specific items. They might be needing certain foods to make meal boxes out of, or essential toiletry products. Now, nothing against those random cans of peas I usually give, but for BRIGHT-FM’s next Pantry Project I want to make a meal box with items the pantries are in need of most.

With this in mind, I’ve compiled a list of ideas for myself and anyone else who might need some inspiration for their next donation:

Breakfast Box:

• Pancake Mixes
• Muffin Mixes
• Pancake Syrup
• Granola Bars

Dinner/Lunch Box:

• Canned Meats (Spam, corned beef, ham, salmon)
• Canned Fruit
• Canned Meals (Chef Boyardee, Stews, Chili)
• Pasta Sides
• Potato Sides
• Mashed Potatoes
• Rice Sides 

Dessert Box:

• Cake Mixes
• Brownie Mixes
• Frosting

Toiletry Box:

• Toothbrush
• Toothpaste
• Face wash
• Body wash
• Shampoo & conditioner
• Razors & shaving cream
• Laundry detergent

All of the items in these lists have been specifically requested by the pantries that BRIGHT-FM is partnering. It could be an entire box or just one item, either way, all donations are appreciated and prayed over before BRIGHT-FM hands them off!

If you’re able to donate, we’d love to see you at our next van stop, sponsored by Chesapeake Bank of Maryland:

May 25th, 6 PM – 8 PM at Kent Island United Methodist Church

Whether or not you’re able to donate, we appreciate you, and we would love it if you partnered with us in praying that God would provide for those in need and that He would be glorified in the process.

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