Did you know that February is National Canned Food Month? Celebrating this month is a big deal to Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland (FAKH) as each year we distribute 18 million pounds of food, with over 60% of that food being cans or other nonperishable items.
Canned foods often get a bad rap, but they actually provide an affordable and convenient way to get all of your nutrients each day. You can use canned foods to regularly add fruits, vegetables and protein into your diet as they typically have a long shelf life. You can also choose canned vegetables with low or no salt added alternatives or fruits canned in their own juices rather than sugar if you are being mindful of your health.
Although not all canned food items are created equally – some canned food items contain preservatives and added sodium or sugars – reading the product labels can help you find canned foods that can satisfy your family without having potentially negative health impacts. In fact, a lot of canned food items do not contain preservatives and are still loaded with their original nutrients.
With over 1,500 types of canned foods, they are not only affordable, but they can also be used in a variety of meals. Canned foods provide great recipe options for families, which is another reason why we think they are worth celebrating!
We invite you to join us in celebrating National Canned Food Month this year by donating canned food at any FAKH barrel. Prefer to shop for your groceries online? You can also donate through our virtual canned food drive at feedingamericaky.fenly.org/drive/canned-food-drive/
Our most needed canned food items include:
- Canned proteins like beans and chicken
- Low-sodium canned vegetables
- Canned fruit in 100% fruit juice
You can also take part in National Canned Food Month by following FAKH on social media as we share the importance of canned goods, why they are staple items and the benefits they can bring to the pantry.
You CAN eat healthy while on a budget, and we think this hearty recipe is the perfect option.