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Food bank says donating everyday items is preferred over Thanksgiving foods


With Thanksgiving coming up, the Utah Food Bank has been hard at work doing its part to feed the hungry. If you’re wondering how you can help, the organization says the traditional Thanksgiving turkey and sides may not be the best options.Food bank president and CEO Ginette Bott says it’s best to “recognize the population we serve is not always celebrating the same way.”


Bott suggests people think about donating simple foods, such as nutritious, easy-to-open canned foods that are low in sodium and sugar. She also suggests staying away from food that requires heating or being stored in a refrigerator because many of the people the food bank serves don’t have access to fridges.


Bott says popular food items for children are always encouraged as food donations, such as mac and cheese, which is the number one requested item from kids across Utah.