Food Pantry Goods

Defining Whole Foods

Whole foods are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible, before being consumed.  Examples of some whole foods include unpolished grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables.  The term whole foods is often confused with organic food, but whole foods are not necessarily organic, nor are organic foods necessarily whole.  [Source: Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia]

Compassionate Actions Project Whole Foods

In keeping with our mission, CAP will offer people supplemental non-refrigerated whole foods that are nutritious, taste good and are easy for people to prepare in their own home.  Directions for preparing meals may also be offered at our food pantry.

When funding is available, CAP will try to purchase and offer a variety of non-refrigerated whole foods.  Foods may include the following: oatmeal, rice, cous cous, potatoes, onions, garlic, avocados, tomatoes, butternut squash, acorn squash, various dried beans, split peas, lentils, whole grain pasta, tomato sauce, plain canned beans, textured vegetable protein (TVP), salsa, herb and spice seasonings, seeds, nuts, plain canned vegetables, plain canned fruits and baby food.

Food selections will vary and change depending on availability and cost.

The CAP Food Pantry will try to offer people nutritious foods.  Therefore, we will try to avoid offering foods that are highly processed.  Foods with white flour, cholesterol, sugar, artificial colors or flavors, preservatives and foods that are high in fat and sodium will be avoided at our food pantry.

Organic whole foods are best for both people and Nature.  CAP will try to purchase and offer organic non-refrigerated whole foods.  However, organic foods are generally more expensive than conventional foods and many CAP foods will not be organic.

Personal Care Items:

When funding is available, personal care items may include such items as soap, shampoo, deodorant, sunscreen, toothpaste, dental floss, skin lotion, facial tissues, toilet tissue, paper towels, diapers and multiple daily-vitamins.

Personal care items will change and vary depending on availability and cost.  Organic products are best for both people and Nature.  CAP will try to purchase and offer organic personal care items.  However, organic products are generally more expensive than conventional products and most CAP personal care items will not be organic.