Food pantries fill the gap for families that struggle to make ends meet, but many of the donations they typically receive are high in sugar, fat, sodium, and calories, and often lack other important nutrients. This can be especially hard on children and those living with chronic disease. That’s why this year North Country Eat Smart New York (ESNY) has chosen Nourish Your Neighbor, a healthy food drive initiative, as one of its environmental change objectives.

A healthy food drive emphasizes more nutritious foods such as:

1. brown rice, oats, and other whole grains
2. low-sodium canned veggies
3. healthy proteins like tuna, chicken, nuts, and seeds
4. Canned fruits and 100% fruit juice with no added sugars

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact April Lynne Bennett at 315-788-8450 ext. 265 or email