Second Harvest barrels This December our foods of the month are canned fruits and vegetables. These staples can be consumed year-round and remain a constant on our most-needed, non-perishable foods list. Since they do not require refrigeration and can pack additional nutrition to a home-cooked meal, they are both healthy and convenient.

Our Community Nutritionist Janet Hung shares, “Canned fruits and vegetables can be added to fresh produce or protein sources for a quick, healthy meal. They provide a great way to get vitamins and minerals from produce that isn’t in season, so please consider donating these items. For a healthier option, aim for canned foods that are low in sodium or sugar.”

Did you know that Second Harvest is still collecting turkeys for the holiday season? We are less than 1,000 away from our 2012 goal of 12,000 turkeys! Please see last month’s turkey blog post for more information.

How Can You Help

Our goal is to collect 2 million pounds of food this holiday season along with our turkey drive. We happily accept food donations at all three of our locations. Please note that frozen turkeys must be received frozen and not thawed. We have special extended holiday hours at Curtner Center, Bing Center and Cypress Center posted on our website. Non-perishable food donations can also be left in our barrels at your local Safeway or Whole Foods grocery store. You can also help us feed more families this holiday season by making an online donation today. Every $1 provides 2 nutritious meals!

If you have already donated food or funds, help us inspire others to give. Spread the word and tag yourself in Perky the Turkey’s picture on our Facebook page or +1 his picture on our Google+ page.

We appreciate all your help in fighting hunger this holiday season! Your generous support ensures that everyone who needs a meal can get one.