North York Harvest’s Most Wanted

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We are incredibly grateful for the thousands of pounds of food items that you have donated!  Most donations that come into the food bank are non-perishable.   These non-perishable items go a long way to ensure that our neighbours have enough food to eat.

You might be wondering what non-perishable items are used and needed the most.  Well, all donations made to the food bank are important, but there are some items that are requested more by food bank clients.

Most requests are for canned fish, pulses (beans and lentils), canned tomatoes and rice.

But why are those items requested more so than others? Here’s a little more about information and some awesome recipes!

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Canned Fish

When it comes to non-perishable meat products, canned fish can’t be beat.  Fish is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which aid in brain health, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.  It is also a great source of lean protein, which is essential for cell growth and maintaining one’s muscle tissue.  Reduced sodium varieties are preferred as canned fish can contain too much salt for some people.  Canned fish can easily be added to salads and pastas for a convenient way of incorporating it into a diet.

For a tuna salad without the mayo and the added health benefits of avocado – try this Avocado Tuna Salad

Make a quick and delicious dinner using items from the pantry with Garlic Salmon Linguine for just 67 cents per serving

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Pulses

It’s official!  2016 has been named the year of the pulse.  It’s not hard to see why; these economical beans and lentils are nutritional powerhouses.  The are extremely high in fibre and vitamins and minerals including zinc, iron, magnesium and B vitamins.  Pulses can also reduce “bad cholesterol” which decreases one’s chance for heart attack or stroke.  They are also a fantastic source of protein.

Warm up when it’s cold outside by making this super simple Lentil Soup

Brownies made with beans?  It’s true – delicious and healthy; try this Black Bean Brownie recipe!

Try something a little different with these Chickpea Burritos

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Canned Tomatoes

One of the best canned produce items is canned tomatoes.  Unlike other canned produce, canned tomatoes can retain their flavour, allowing them to be used in many recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  These are a great staple for soups, sauces, chili and many other recipes.  They are also high in lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant.

Have some comfort food with this Creamy Tomato Mushroom Pasta

This Potato and Cauliflower Curry  is a great way to try out some spices in your spice rack.

Use your beans and canned tomatoes in this Vegetarian Chili

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Rice

Rice is a very conventional and easy to prepare food item.  It is also a great source of vitamins and minerals such as niacin, vitamin D, calcium, fiber, iron, thiamine and riboflavin.  These vitamins and minerals promote a healthy body by supporting the immune system and regulating a person’s metabolism.  Rice is also a great source of energy.

Impress your family and friends with this Creamy Risotto

Try your hand at making your own Sushi, it is economical and a lot of fun to try!

For a basic and easy dish for any night of the week, try this Brown Rice Tofu Stir Fry

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Families right in your neighbourhood are always in need of these basic pantry items.  If you would like to donate groceries, please visit one of your local fire halls or grocery stores.  Aside from the items mentioned above, you can check out our list of suggested food donations here.

Curious about what else goes into a food hamper? Learn more about the Build a Hamper Food Purchasing Program that helps all children, parents and seniors have access to items like fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs and more.




 


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