GIVING TUESDAY! Join the Movement to Give Back!

Posted 11/17/2015 | By HealthCorps

Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On December 1st, individuals, families, businesses, community centers, and students join for one common and unique cause: to give to others in need and to do it with generosity. It’s timing, during the holiday season, gives it special meaning.

Simple ways to give can include giving small compliments to people throughout the day, offering a kindness like helping someone to cross the street, or carrying their packages, offering to help a neighbor or friend to finish a house project.

One of the easiest ways you can donate is to rummage through your closet and gather up gently worn clothing, shoes or clean bedding and blankets. With so many in need during these financially challenging time, Giving Tuesday can also offer a great opportunity to clean out your pantry and collect healthy non-perishable items to donate to a food pantry or local food bank.

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Canned and boxed foods typically have a long shelf life. Some tips to make sure the food items are still safe for eating:

The use-by-date stamped on a canned or boxed item means that the item retains its best or peak quality if used by that date. It is usually still safe to consume these foods well after the date.

If the item was stored in a cool indoor pantry it is likely safe for usage way past the “use by” date. Canned meat, poultry or fish that is shelf stable can be used for up to 2 years after purchase if unopened.

If a can is dented you should toss it since it may be harboring botulism toxin.

Here’s a list of healthy boxed and canned items that you can donate:Giving-shopping-list

• Canned tuna, salmon, sardines are high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids.
• Canned vegetables are typically harvested and packed at peak ripeness. Consider items like peas, corn, and potatoes as well as carrots, string beans, low sodium low fat vegetable soups.
• Canned fruits preferably in their own juice are excellent sources of vitamins and remember that tomatoes, canned, are actually fruits! Canned or airtight jars of tomato sauce are also good choices.
• Cans, boxes or bags of beans – Beans are an excellent source of protein. Soybeans in particular have all 9 essential amino acids. Kidney, pinto, black, Lima, adzuki, garbanzo, edamame (soybeans), and navy beans are all good selections.
• Bags or boxes of nuts and seeds are excellent sources of protein, omega 3 fatty acids and other nutrients.
• Whole grains in boxes or bags typically have a long shelf life and many are fortified. Consider whole grain rice, pasta, high protein pasta choices.
• Milk in cans and shelf stable cartons are excellent sources of calcium, magnesium and fortified with vitamin D. Shelf stable nut and soy-based milks are also good options.
• Cereals are considered the mainstay of the typical American diet. Just make sure the choices include 100% whole grain and high-protein choices.

Check out our quick and easy shopping list below!

 

Today, HealthCorps will join thousands of other nonprofits for #GivingTuesday, participating in this global day dedicated to giving back. On this special day please also consider supporting HealthCorps and its mission to shape a new generation.

The idea is really simple….just give!

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