Our local food banks did an extraordinary job leading up to Thanksgiving distributing thousand of turkeys and all the fixin's. But there are some items considered non-essential that most of us take for granted.

Spices.  Much of the donated food is canned and spices like cayenne pepper can kick a little flavor into almost anything...so can seasoned salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, oregano, basil and so on.  Of course, they need to be sealed and not the leftover garlic powder in your cupboards...but you knew that.

Socks. Who doesn't love opening a pack of new socks? One homeless man reported he never took his socks off for fear they would be stolen, along with his shoes. He wore the same pair for months on end. You can imagine the odor and long term effect on his feet. New socks rock.

Toilet paper and feminine products.  Many of the people who use a food pantry are also on Food Stamp programs and those programs do not allow for people to buy toilet paper or any non-food item.  Anytime people donate they should toss in a pack of toilet paper. Women's products should be of quality and in most cases, 'regular' fits all.

Chocolate. While it SHOULD be, it's not one of the main food groups, it's a luxury. Cake, cookie, and brownie mixes are treats for everyone and a nice pick me up at any time.

Soup Packets.  A hardy and complete nutritious meal.


This Saturday, there's a fundraiser for the Food Bank for Larimer County.The Bread N Boards event runs from 9-11 a.m. Dec. 3 at Sears Trostel Lumber & Millwork, 1500 Riverside Ave., Fort Collins.

SOURCE: Reddit