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Help Hungry North Texans Trim the Table this Holiday Season

Holiday traditions often center around food, family, gifts and gratitude. But for many North Texans, their reality is centered around survival. This holiday season, you can help Tarrant Area Food Bank give the gift of hope to those who don’t have enough food to eat by helping to collect items to be distributed to our 270 food assistance partners. For those who enjoy a traditional holiday meal, and for those who prefer a twist, this holiday food drive list contains everything needed to trim the table for a North Texas family:

Trim the Table - Appetizers - Holiday Food Drive

Appetizers:
  • Canned nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, etc.)
  • Dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, apricots, etc.)
  • Dip mixes (ex: spinach and artichoke dip)
  • Peanut butter or almond butter (plastic jars)
  • Olives (canned)
  • Whole grain crackers (boxed)
  • Popcorn (boxed)
  • Tuna (canned)

Trim the Table - Beverages

Beverages:
  • Tea bags (no Keurig-type pods)
  • Canned coffee
  • Apple cider mixes
  • Juices (boxed)
  • Almond milk (boxed)

Trim the Table - Toppings

Toppings:

Trim the Table - Herbs and Spices

Dried Herbs & Spices:
  • Cinammon
  • Nutmeg
  • Pumpkin pie spice or allspice
  • Vanilla
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Paprika
  • Chives
  • Sage
  • Ginger
  • Cloves
  • Salt and pepper

Trim the Table - Side Dishes

Side Dishes:
  • Canned vegetables such as green beans, corn, asparagus, baked beans, etc.
  • Canned fruits such as fruit cocktail, peaches, pears, etc.
  • Stuffing mix (boxed)
  • Potatoes (boxed)
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Rice
  • Dry beans (any variety)

Trim the Table - Desserts

Desserts:
  • Boxed jello (sugar-free preferred)
  • Pie filling (cherry, pumpkin, blueberry, etc. Low sugar preferred)
  • Pie crust mixes (boxed)

Try this recipe for Peter Pumpkin Squares!

Trim the Table - The Essentials

The Essentials:
  • Cream of mushroom soup (low sodium preferred)
  • Cornbread mix
  • Canned ham
  • Oats
  • Granola
  • Cornmeal

Try this crowd-pleasing Soul Healthy Cornbread Recipe for your holiday dinner!

Trim the Table - Shopping Tips

A few tips while shopping:
  • Boxed items are more durable than bagged items, which means items in a box are more likely to get to the table intact.
  • Make sure all of the products are in their original packaging with the nutritional label intact.
  • Expiration dates must show.
  • Glass items aren’t accepted so be sure your products are boxed, canned or in plastic.

Food drive donations can be dropped off at your local food pantry. Be sure to call to verify their hours before making a trip. Donations can also be dropped off at Tarrant Area Food Bank, 2600 Cullen Street in Fort Worth, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Financial donations are also being accepted to help feed hungry North Texans.