Extreme Couponing Tip: Donating to a Food Bank

A great benefit of saving big at the store, scoring free stuff, and having extra in your stockpile is sharing with those less fortunate! 

Before bringing your haul in, make sure to check the following:

  • Hours: Know when the food bank is open for donations and what the best time is to come.
  • Packaging: Only give unopened/sealed food. Ask about any packaging restrictions.
  • Expiration dates: Make sure all food has not expired. Some banks require food to be at least 3 months away from the best buy date, so be sure to check with them for details.
  • Needs: While all acceptable donations are appreciated, inquire as to what the center needs most. It may be baby items, such as formula; canned foods; treats for kids; baking supplies; ethnic food; special holiday foods; etc.

To find a food bank near you, check out Feeding America.  If you’re short on time, many sites allow for a monetary donation, starting at just $1.00 (and tax deductible). Even if you don’t have the resources yet, you can volunteer your time and help those in need!