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You can coupon to help families in need! Fill a brown grocery bag to create an individual emergency food bank that will feed a family for four days!

Do you know of a family in need (specifically food-wise) and want to help? Here’s an idea: fill brown grocery bags to set up individual emergency food banks.

An emergency food bank is something you can do at home and is really easy to put together. It basically contains food items that can sustain a family of four for four days and helps them to keep getting vital nutrients during difficult times. By adding canned veggies, pastas, soups, and more to a brown grocery bag, you’ll be able to quickly get the food to the family as soon as the need arises.

Plus, another great thing about this is that you’ll be able to put these bags together with items you got for FREE or super cheap by using coupons! Use the item search to find the current best deals on the items that will go into your food banks.

Emergency Food Bank:
will feed a family of (4) for (4) days

-(8) 16 oz cans of vegetables
-(8) 16 oz cans of fruits
-(4) 16 oz cans of meat (tuna/chili)
-(4) 10 oz cans of low sodium soup
-(1) package of dry beans or (4) 16 oz cans of beans
-(1) package of noodles
-(1) package of cereal (dry or cookable)
-(1) package of crackers
-(1) package of powdered milk
-(1) jar of peanut butter
-(1) family-size bath soap

You could always get a church group together to create multiple food banks that you can then donate to a food bank in your community (or you could even keep a bunch of them together at your church or home so they’ll be readily available to give to anyone who needs one). It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to have one of these stashed somewhere for yourself in case of bad weather or other emergencies.

    • dani

      good idea

    • belaglik

      Will all that fit into one bag?

    • music88teach

      I would not have thought much about this but I just had to pull together a box of food for our neighbor. It is a good idea to have the box or bag already made up. Thanks Jenny.

    • Tia

      Love this idea, but it could be helpful to put together a meal list (how to turn these items into meals for four days) to include. Truth be told I have a couple ideas but I’m not even sure what meals to make of the list myself.

    • debby

      I looked at what I’ve been paying and here’s an approximate price list. I can get these cheaper sometimes, but this is average…
      Emergency Food Bank:
      will feed a family of (4) for (4) days
      8 16 oz cans of vegetables @ 0.50 = 4.00
      8 16 oz cans of fruits @ 0.80 = 6.40
      4 16 oz cans of meat (tuna/chili/chicken) @ 1.00 = 4.00
      4 10 oz cans of low sodium soup @ 0.60 = 2.40
      4 16 oz cans of beans or a 1lb pkg of dry @ 0.50 = 2.00
      1 package of noodles @ 1.00 = 1.00
      1 package of cereal (dry or cookable) @ 1.00 = 1.00
      1 package of crackers @ 1.00 = 1.00
      1 package of powdered milk @ 3.00 = 3.00
      1 jar of peanut butter@ 1.00 = 1.00
      1 family-size bath soap@ 1.00 = 1.00
      for a total for 4 days of 26.80 So, $50 for a week. Not bad!

    • debby

      When you see someone on the street with an “in need” sign, bless them with a bag of toiletries and snacks. We always keep something in the car to give, even if it’s just a few cereal or protein bars. We have a number of friends who make up “blessing bags” which we do also. Things like pouch (or pull top) meats (tuna, chicken, chili), protein drinks needing no refrigeration, bottled water or other beverages, (when I can get these for FREE or really cheap, I also can include – toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap and other toiletries), crackers, soup (again with pull top), and mittens, hat and/or socks (shop those end of season sales and put them away for next year’s needs!