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If you visit a food pantry, choose the most nutritious items.

Photo of dry beans on a shelf at a food pantry

"We just get the stuff no one else wants."

  • Use canned soup and packages of noodles, rice or pasta to start a great meal—add vegetables to add nutrition.

  • Add water to fruit juice to reduce sugar.

  • If a packaged meal comes with a flavoring packet, only use half to reduce sodium.

  • Add yogurt and fruit to breakfast cereal to complete a healthy breakfast.

  • Rinse canned beans, vegetables, and fruit to reduce the added salt and sugar.

Try This

There are nutritious items at food pantries. Next time you're there, try choosing with some of the tips listed on this page.

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