Feature Article: Foods Available at Local Food Cupboards

By Sheila Buck

For many families, trips to the food cupboard are a necessity. By the middle to end of the month food stamps and cash are often running low, and it can be hard to purchase enough food to keep your family fed. A lot of areas have one or more food cupboards for their residents, as well as people from surrounding areas. Here is a helpful list of foods you may be able to find at your local food pantry:

  1. Canned vegetables
  2. Canned fruits
  3. Canned tuna
  4. Canned soups
  5. Coffee
  6. Sugar
  7. Flour
  8. Potatoes
  9. Fresh vegetables
  10. Fresh fruits
  11. Boxed potatoes
  12. Boxed noodle and rice side dishes
  13. Hamburger Helper
  14. Stuffing
  15. Cereal
  16. Bread
  17. Frozen meats
  18. Drink mix
  19. Peanut butter
  20. Jelly

Hash is a quick, easy meal that can be made from foods found at the food cupboard. To make hash, dice the meat, vegetables, and potatoes. Put the ingredients in a pan with butter, cooking spray, or oil. Cook until meat is done and vegetables and potatoes are tender. Spices can be added for extra flavor. Fresh or canned fruit would make a good side dish for this kind of meal.


Sheila Buck is the single mom of two teenage boys. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Sheila is a freelance writer, and also writes books and short stories in her spare time. Sheila also writes for Frugal is Fabulous!.

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