Hunger Task Force

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MyPlate – Preferred Food Items


To complete the Hunger Task Force MyPlate model, we encourage the donations of the following as our Preferred Food Items List.


Click on a section of the MyPlate graphic to learn about the foods we prefer donated in each category.


Please donate fruits canned in own juice or 100% fruit juice

Naturally sweet and delicious, fruits are an important source of essential vitamins, minerals and fiber. Fruit makes a great addition to any meal or healthy snack. Reduce your risk of chronic diseases by eating at least two servings each day.Fruits

  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • 100% Fruit Juice



Please donate low sodium, canned vegetables

Vegetables are naturally low in fat, rich in vitamins and high in fiber. Eat a variety of colors to get all your needed nutrients. Baked, roasted or raw, all vegetables are important for regulating cholesterol, blood sugar and satiety levels.Veggies

  • Green Beans
  • Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Spaghetti Sauce




Please donate lean sources of animal- and plant-based proteins

Protein is important for muscle growth, integrity and repair. Eating a variety of animal- and plant-based proteins is key to a healthy diet. Choose protein foods that are low in sodium and fat. Remember that forms of protein matter; bake or grill animal-proteins to optimize their health benefits.Protein

  • Chicken, canned
  • Tuna, canned, packed in water
  • Peanut Butter
  • Beans, dried or canned, low sodium



Please donate whole grain foods

Grains are the body’s primary source of energy. Be sure to make at least half of your daily grains whole grains for an extra boost of fiber, B vitamins and minerals. Whole grain foods are key to reducing risk of heart disease and maintaining a healthy digestive system.whole grains

  • Brown Rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Cereal without added sugar
  • Multigrain Pasta


Please donate boxed low fat milk or milk alternatives

Low fat milk, cheese and yogurt are rich in protein, vitamin D and calcium. Consume three servings of dairy daily to help maintain bone health. Nut milks and soy milk are great dairy alternatives if you’re lactose intolerant or vegan.Dairy

  • Skim Milk
  • 1% Fat Milk
  • Almond Milk
  • Soy Milk


In addition to fulfilling the five food groups on the Hunger Task For MyPlate, there are other ways to supplement your daily diet with other MyPlate approved foods. See the categories below for other healthy foods you can donate to help support MyPlate, with important fresh foods, snacks and condiments.

CLICK HERE for a printable list of the Hunger Task Force MyPlate Preferred Food Items.

Got Fresh?

Absolutely! Drop off your fresh fruits, veggies, meat and dairy at Dock 1 at Hunger Task Force, 201 S. Hawley Ct., 8:30 – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Or, make a monetary donation at and we’ll purchase fresh items for you!


Please donate healthy foods for on-the-goSnacks

  • Granola
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Breakfast Bars
  • Graham Crackers




CondimentsPlease donate healthy & salt-free flavors

  • Salsa
  • Oil
  • Mustard
  • Salt-free Seasonings