Wednesday, July 11

Northminster Food Barrels

Time: 12:00 am – 12:00 am

Northminster Presbyterian Church

Please consider making a contribution to the Northminster Food Barrels when coming to church on Sunday or any other convenient time. One barrel is located in the hallway across from the church office.  The other barrel used to be in the Narthex, but has been moved next to the southeast doors at the top of the ramp. 

Donated food is taken to Westminster Neighborhood Services, Inc. (2325 East New York Street), which provides basic human necessities and educational opportunities to support and empower at-risk children and families on the near eastside of Indianapolis.  The food is taken by the Deacons of Northminster every 6 to 8 weeks, or when full, to be included in the Westminster Food Pantry.

Food banks say the focus should be on “whole, unprocessed or minimally processed foods” to help create healthy meals.  Instead of donating foods that are high in salt, sugar and highly processed grains, bring foods that are high in protein, healthy fats and whole grains instead.

The best non- perishable foods items to donate are:

1.  canned beans

2.  dry beans

3.  peanut butter, or other nut butters

4.  rolled oats

5.  canned fruit in juice, not in light or heavy syrup

6.  canned vegetables, with no or low sodium

7.  low sodium soups

8.  canned tuna in water

9.  canned chicken

10.  brown rice

11.  quinoa

12.  nuts, unsalted

13.  seeds, unsalted

14. shelf stable milk and milk substitutes

15.  whole grain pasta

16.  low –sodium pasta sauce

17.  popcorn kernels

18.  unsweetened apple sauce

19.  canned stews, chilli

20.  whole grain, low sugar cold cereals

21. olive or canola oil

22.  canned tomatoes

23.  dried fruits, no sugar added

24.  honey

25.  chicken, beef and vegetable broths and stock

Canned goods with pop-top lids are better than canned goods that require a can opener.  Avoid foods packaged in glass and don’t donate foods that are past the expiration date.

This is an on-going ministry of Northminster and the Deacons appreciate your participation.