Tips to help you donate to the Food for Families Food Drive

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It's simple to donate to the Food For Families Food Drive, which will be held Wednesday.

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HEB and Kroger have pre-packaged bags that you can purchase in the store. They contain items the Brazos Valley Food Bank needs to help the hungry in our area.

With any purchases, store brands can often be cheaper.

If you're thinking about a breakfast donation, cereal is a good option, but avoid the sugary stuff. Granola is another good item.

Non-perishable food items are what the food bank needs, but there is shelf-stable milk that you can donate.

The food bank says it never has enough canned fruit. If you're getting some, look for no sugar added and any fruit that is in water or juice.

Don't donate bread (again, non-perishable only), but if you want to help families with sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly works.

Soups are a good option. Consider some with vegetables. Look for low sodium and high protein.

You'll find protein in chili and tuna.

Boxes of mac and cheese are also great.

Spaghetti sauce has protein, too, and you can look for some sauces with vegetables. If you're adding pasta, look for whole wheat.

Giving vegetables themselves are great, but the bank often gets cans of corn, peas and green beans. Think about picking up carrots, spinach and sweet potatoes.

Another set of protein options: rice and beans.

Along with the shelf-stable milk, another drink option is juice. Look for the individual packets, no artificial sweeteners and no corn syrup.

And of course, if you donate money to the Food for Families Food Drive, the food bank can stretch each dollar to buy six pounds of food, or the equivalent of five meals.

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KBTX's Food for Families Food Drive is Wednesday. There will be four locations where you can donate money and/or canned food.

-The Brazos Center in Bryan from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
-Kimbro Center in Madisonville from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
-Mid-South Synergy in Navasota from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
-Navasota Valley Electric in Franklin from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.