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Through the Our Lady of Mercy Food Drive we provide essential foods to families and individuals who need it. You can bring food every second Sunday of the month and all Sundays in Lent and leave it by the altar during the offertory.

Donating non-perishable items is particularly impactful as they provide essential supplies that can be stored for longer periods. Here’s a comprehensive list of non-perishable items that are always welcomed by charities:

  1. Canned Goods: Nutritious, easy-to-store options like canned fruits, vegetables, beans, soups, and meats are fundamental. Low-sodium options are especially beneficial for those with dietary restrictions.

  2. Dry Goods: Staples like rice, pasta, lentils, quinoa, and oatmeal offer a foundation for many meals. Whole grain options are a healthier choice.

  3. Nut Butters: Peanut, almond, and other nut butters are high in protein and great for families.

  4. Baby Supplies: Formula, baby food, and diapers are often in high demand and can significantly help struggling parents.

  5. Personal Hygiene Items: Basic hygiene products such as toothpaste, soap, sanitary napkins, and deodorants are crucial for personal well-being.

  6. Shelf-Stable Dairy: Items like powdered milk and shelf-stable milk cartons provide essential nutrients.

  7. Healthy Snacks: Granola bars, dried fruit, nuts, and seeds are great for on-the-go nutrition.

  8. Beverages: Coffee, tea, and juice boxes can be a comfort to many.

  9. Condiments and Spices: Items like salt, pepper, sugar, and oil can greatly enhance meal preparation for families.

  10. Cleaning Supplies: Basic cleaning products help maintain hygiene and living standards.

  11. Paper Products: Toilet paper, paper towels, and tissues are necessities that are often in short supply.

  12. Pet Food: Donations for furry family members are often overlooked but greatly appreciated.

When donating, consider the diversity of needs and dietary restrictions. Low-sugar, low-sodium, and gluten-free options can be lifesavers for individuals with specific health conditions. Additionally, think about the usability of the items – easy-to-open packaging and child-friendly foods can make a big difference.

Your thoughtful donations can provide comfort, nutrition, and support to those in need, making a tangible difference in their lives.