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brown bag lunchMany Ohioans are working to provide access to nutritious meals for students facing the extended break from school and face-to-face learning.  While many educational entities normally provide weekend food backpacks and/or food pantries when schools and universities are in session, it will be challenging to continue this during the next several weeks without the help of more people.

It is wonderful to see so many individuals, agencies, groups, and businesses offering to help their neighbors in this time of need.  Let’s look at some healthful options to provide students and their families directly and for donating to food pantries and other distribution groups. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides us with a list of foods and food groups that are shelf-stable and broad in their nutritional offerings:

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, beans, fruits, vegetables, spaghetti sauce, and soup
  • Microwaveable meals such as macaroni and cheese, chili, spaghetti, etc.
  • Pasta, rice, breads and crackers
  • Meat jerky
  • Protein or fruit bars
  • Dry cereal, instant oatmeal or granola
  • Peanut or other nut/seed butters and jelly
  • Dried fruit
  • Canned or boxed juices
  • Instant or ready to eat pudding
  • Non-perishable (boxed or canned) pasteurized liquid or powdered milk
  • Food for infants

As news and plans to address Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), continues to evolve, please keep in communication with your friends, family and neighbors to see how to continue support anyone in need.

If you need food, check with your school, church, library, or community center website or social media. Many are working to provide other food options for children and families who will no longer be able to gather at feeding sites or schools.

Good nutrition, hand-washing, cleaning and sanitizing surfaces and social distancing will lead to a healthier and safer future for all of us.

Writer: Cheryl Barber Spires, R.D., L.D. Program Specialist, SNAP-Ed, Ohio State University Extension, spires.53@osu.edu.

Reviewer: Lisa Barlage, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Ross County, barlage.7@osu.edu.



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