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Advice post - food pantry and Whatever

We haven’t had an advice post in a while. Ask about whatever you need advice about. I need advice about food pantry items.

We have a converted little free library a few blocks from me that has been converted to a little food pantry. Food goes quick - I’ve been putting stuff in there all summer. It’s in a shaded area and there is one of those windshield sun deflectors on the door, so while it gets toasty warm it’s not sweltering.

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So earlier in the summer I was focusing on “easy and shelf-stable” and by easy I mean things like the rice sides where you just add water, instant ramen, peanut butter crackers, that sort of thing. I’ve been putting in cans of tuna and jars of peanut butter, too, since I know proteins can be hard to get. Then I was like hey dumbass, people might like some canned veggies and canned fruit, so I’ve gotten in the habit of dropping those off.

Lately I’ve been thinking from the perspective of “what can I put in that could almost be a complete meal.” So far I’ve got cans of black beans and boxes of hard taco shells, and jars of pasta sauce and boxes of pasta. I also get the boxes of instant mashed potatoes and bags of rice, since you just need water for those starches.

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Can you think of other sorts of meal bases I could do? Due to my stupid soy allergy, there’s a lot of canned/shelf stable foods I’ve avoided. If it weren’t hot as fuck, I’d do more soup/stew stuff. Should I do those anyways?

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