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Food bank says donating everyday items is preferred over Thanksgiving foods

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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.

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!