I have been seeing posts popping up online about the 15 Can Challenge. The concept is simple: Starting this week and every week until the New Year, buy one canned or non-perishable food item to donate while doing your weekly shop. Then, after the holiday, donate the 15 items you have accumulated to your local food bank or food pantry.
I love this concept as it gives everyone as easy and affordable way to donate. With the holiday shopping season comes mega sales on groceries, meaning canned foods will be at their lowest prices of the year. We will be seeing prices as low as 25-cents for staples such as canned soups, fruits, and vegetables; so this challenge is easy and affordable for everyone!
While food banks typically get higher than average donations leading up to the holidays, most see a huge drop in donations come the New Year. Think about how much 15 cans of food would mean to an organization whose shelves are empty. And think about how their shelves could easily be filled if everyone donated just 15 cans!
While doing your weekly shop, be on the hunt for sale prices on the following non-perishable items that food banks are always in need of:
- Canned Soup
- Canned Vegetables
- Canned Fruit
- Canned Chili
- Canned/Pouch Tuna
- Canned/Pouch Chicken
- Canned Beans
- Boxed Dinners (Macaroni & Cheese, Hamburger Helper)
- Peanut Butter
Not only are these items in great demand, but you will find great prices on them in the coming months; meaning you’ll be able to give generously without breaking the bank!
Are you going to do the 15 Can Challenge? Leave me a comment below if you are, as well as the organization you are going to donate to! 🙂