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The easiest way to give back to your community this Thanksgiving

Giving back in the form of wholesome food is one of the easist and most important things you can do for your comminuty. And it's also the mission at Miranda Malisani's Eat It Forward. She believes that you must eat to survive, but Eat It Forward to thrive. 

According to a recent article close to 20 per cent of those assisted by a food bank are employed or recently employed, 35 per cent have post-secondary education. And on average, food banks help more than 850,000 Canadians every month. That means there's a good chance it's your neighbours and friends who are the ones depending on donations, many of which are young children.

It's imporant to get to know your community. Even if you live in a busy city core,  become familiar with what offerings are in your area so when you are able to donate you can help support this need. 

Eat It Forward donates 5% of profit every month from in store and online sales. They provide nourishing foods to fuel you forward and a place to continue on ‘the give.'

Kindness, support, connection, community is important at Thanksgiving but even more important on days where we aren't celebrating something. On random days where life may be testing us. 

To Eat It Forward means acting in kindness without any expectations. It means thinking of your neighbor, the person to the right of you, the person behind you, the person who you may not know, but is going through challenging times. When we commit to kindness every person touched in the flow of giving (the person who gives, the person who receives and the observers) benefit. Everyone is healthier and happier. 

Miranda recommends donating a food item of something that you enjoy eating, or makes you feel great after eating it. When you give from a place of positive intention it powers up the give with good energy. This is especially important if you are someone who lives with food alergies or intolerances. These conditions don't discrimate and it's very likely there are people relying on donations who suffer from these same issues.

Please do not donate expired food. Consider the recipient to be your neighbour, as they most likely are. Those going through food insecurity face many challenges emotionally and physically due to lack of nutrition. 

These are the healthiest staples you can be donating

  • Canned beans without preservatives 
  • Natural peanut butter, or other natural nut and seed butters
  • Rolled oats
  • Canned vegetables, with no preservatives 
  • Low-sodium soups
  • Low sodium canned tuna & salmon in water
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Nuts, unsalted
  • Seeds, unsalted
  • Whole grain pasta 
  • Low-sodium pasta sauce
  • Unsweetened apple sauce
  • Whole grain, low-sugar, higher fibre cold cereals
  • Olive oil 
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Dried fruits, no sugar added
  • Canned fruit in juice, not in light or heavy syrup

Allergen friendly options to consider

  • Gluten-free pasta
  • Gluten-free crackers
  • Gluten-free high fibre, low sugar cereal 
  • Dairy free granola bars
  • Peanut-free, nut-free school snacks
  • Higher protein, lower sugar snacks 

Canadian foods that give back (so you can give twice!)

Turmeric Teas - When you buy a package of Turmeric Teas, they donate one meal to Food Banks Canada

Core All in One - This company is helping to make better health more accessible. They give this all in one to low income clinics to help boost the nutrition of families in need. 

Made Good Granola Bars - A percentage of sales of their special edition Maple Cranberry flavour is donated to Right to Play which supports aboriginal youth play programs

Chickapea pasta - This company supports Community Food Centres Canada with donations of their nutrient dense pasta.

Flow water - For every case of water you purchase from the website using discount code 'foodbank' they will donate a case and give you free shipping. 

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