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24th Annual Yom Kippur Food Collection in Collaboration with the Greater Boston Food Bank

Temple Israel will again be collaborating for the 24th year with The Greater Boston Food Bank. As in the past, the Food Bank truck will be on Nessel Way for Yom Kippur collection on Monday, September 25. Paper bags will be available on Rosh Hashanah. We ask you to fill the bags and return them on Yom Kippur. You may also drop off any food donation between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to the Temple between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

What you CAN donate to your local food bank:

Food banks accept dry and canned food donations, i.e., any food that is “shelf-stable” or nonperishable – food you can keep in your pantry and it won’t go bad. Only donate food that hasn’t reached its “sell-by” date yet. Specifically, food banks often need items such as:

  • Peanut butter
  • Canned soup
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fish
  • Canned beans
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned stew
  • Salad dressings
  • Marinades (if not refrigerated)
  • Pasta (most prefer whole grain)
  • Rice (most prefer brown rice)
  • Personal care and household items

What NOT to Donate to a Food Bank

  • Items needing refrigeration.
  • Leftovers and Baked Goods: Food banks can’t accept leftovers or anything made in personal kitchens because they aren’t individually sealed and the food bank can’t verify the ingredients or preparation process.
  • Expired food
  • Food with packaging concerns: damaged packaging, dented or bloated cans, packaging that is already open, or items in glass containers, (which can shatter and cause food safety concerns for other food stored nearby).

The number one rule to remember is this: if your donation is perishable, i.e., it is something with a limited shelf life if not refrigerated, food banks will not accept it.

Any questions? Please email Sue Misselbeck or call her at 617-487-4404.