In 2017, Hunger Task Force pioneered a new food bank model based upon USDA nutrition recommendations called MyPlate.
The Hunger Task Force MyPlate is a healthy model that showcases the five main food groups as presented on a plate. MyPlate encourages people to eat healthy foods by choosing the right types and amounts of foods to eat. The Hunger Task Force MyPlate model assures that vulnerable children, families and seniors who rely on food from the pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters receive nutritious foods.
The Hunger Task Force MyPlate model includes preferred food items from all five food groups: protein, fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy. Donate low fat boxed milk; canned vegetables that are low in sodium; canned fruits packed in their own juice and 100% fruit juices; and whole grain cereals and pastas.
What to donate?
The Hunger Task Force MyPlate has changed the basics of local hunger relief, targeting healthy, nutritious food donations from the community over highly processed, boxed foods like boxed macaroni & cheese and ramen noodles. When choosing items to donate from the grocery store shelf, think about fruit packed in its own juices; low- and no-salt vegetables; low-fat dairy foods; lean meats and whole grain foods.
When in doubt, look to our Preferred Food Items List to know what healthy foods to donate.