You’ll NEVER Guess What Food Banks Need Besides Food!

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While we often think about what food banks need during the holiday season, yet food banks and emergency services need support year round. Most of us are familiar with food drives at our grocery stores, schools and churches. These drives often collect things like canned vegetables, canned beans, canned fruit* (in water or juice), dried fruits, canned tomato products* (low sodium), canned chicken or tuna*, peanut butter, canned soups or chili* (low sodium), whole grain pasta, whole grain cereals and high fiber granola bars. (Easy open cans are preferred.) But donating non-food items is often overlooked.

You’ll never guess what food banks need besides food. The basics we take for granted in our homes are often overlooked and in real need at food banks and emergency services. Items ike toiletries, dental items, baby diapers and even adult incontinence products for men and women. Basic toiletries are what given even the most at-risk clients of emergency services more confidence and provide the simplest, yet most important of needs.

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Donating non-food items is easy. Stop by your local Sam’s Club and join other members shopping for great deals or taking advantage of the Pick Up Service available at Sams Club .

Adult incontinence products are needed at food banks and emergency services. Whether it’s Poise Pads or Depend Fit-Flex® underwear, they both offer discreet protection that locks away wetness and odor. Donating these important health items helps give at-risk members of our community the dignity they deserve, especially those dealing with LBL and incontinence.

What food banks need goes beyond food! #CaringMadeEasy

It’s EASY to donate what food banks need.

Here’s an easy checklist of common non-food items that are needed by food banks for the next time you are at Sam’s Club. This list is just a starting point! As your local food pantry what other items they need, their answers may surprise you! Don’t forget that your pantry donation is tax deductible so be sure to get a receipt.

You’ll NEVER Guess What Food Banks Need Besides Food!

• Sanitary supplies (sanitary pads and tampons)
• Adult Incontinence Products for Men and Women
• Wet wipes (unscented preferred)
• Hygiene supplies (travel and full sized)
• Shampoo & conditioner
• Dental items (Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss)
• Deodorant
• Razors
• Soap
• Laundry detergent
• Baby items (especially 4,5,6 size diapers)
• Toilet paper
• Bus tickets
• Sleeping bags
• New clothing
• Pet supplies

Don’t want to print out my whole post? Download this PDF of my list of non-food donation items and take it to Sam’s Club on your next visit. Just click on the image of the list below to get started!

Download this PDF of my list of non-food donation items and take it to Sam’s Club on your next visit. #CaringMadeEasy ad

It’s easy to find the adult care items by the pharmacy.

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We took our donation of supplies including Poise, toothbast, tampons, soap and shampoo to North Helpline, which is a wonderful non-profit in our community that provides services to those in need. Normally we donate turkeys at Thanksgiving and food occasionally throughout the year, but after talking with their volunteers I learned that the really needed personal items too.

Wondering what food banks need? We donated this box of personal care products! #CaringMadeEasy ad

Do you provide caregiving for patients or other loved ones? Did you know that Sam’s Club is your one-stop shop for all things caregiving, including prescription refills, free health screenings, and health-related products. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Sam’s Club Family Caregiving kiosk at your local club.

If you’re buying Depend for a love one, don’t miss the Digimarc Discovery app, which you can scan anywhere on the Depend packaging, once scanned it will direct you to the Sam’s Club Caregiver website. In addition, when you open your Depend packaging it will have a sticker inside that you can use to redeem at the Sam’s Club pharmacy for an awesome caregiver sample kit!

What’s on your list for what food banks need? How will you help caregivers in your community?

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About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cat and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.

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