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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Jun 25, 2015

Tough times affect everyone to some degree, and for those living in poverty, the summer months are the most difficult to manage. Arizona ranks third in the country for children facing food insecurity, behind New Mexico and Mississippi, with 456,000 children dealing with hunger on a daily basis. Two million people in Arizona are currently living below the Federal Poverty Guideline, and these are the people receiving emergency food assistance. The summer months are especially difficult, because electricity bills are higher, and children on summer break don’t have access to school lunch programs. This is when local food bank programs are the most important and when they need the most assistance.

As the summer months are rolling in, food banks in Phoenix and across the country are looking for healthy foods to make sure that the people who need assistance are eating nutritious meals. Here’s a list of foods that are nutritious and typically work well as donations:

  • 100% Juice Drinks
  • Low-Sodium Vegetables
  • Canned Tuna, Canned Chicken, and Canned Salmon
  • Unsalted Nuts
  • No Sugar Added Fruits
  • Shelf-Stable Milk
  • Whole Grain Pasta
  • Canned Beef Stew
  • Brown Rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Canola and Olive Oil
  • Peanut Butter
  • Low-Sodium Soups
  • Beans
  • Low-Sugar Cereals
  • Granola Bars and Popcorn

Before donating, talk to the food bank nearest you and ask them what kinds of foods they will accept and what they currently need the most. In some cases, even if you don’t have the time to donate food, you can help out through the organization’s website, or even host a food drive of your own. For a full listing of food banks all across the valley, go to foodpantries.org or azfoodbanks.org.

Here in the Valley of the Sun, the summer months present big challenges to our community. By providing water, food and assistance, you can have a huge impact on the lives of those in need.

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