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During summer, millions of children lose access to their only steady source of food: school lunches. And every spring, we unite with our local communities to help collect millions of meals to make sure no kid spends their summer running on empty. Starting next week, we’re helping to restore their summer with our 8th Annual Rhythm Restoration Food Drive and, for the first time, we’ve created a Restoration Recipes cookbook to help you make the right decisions when it comes to donating food.

Food banks are, far too often, overstocked with sweets, snacks and back-of-the-pantry scraps that contain little nutrition. With the tips below in mind, you can help us make this year’s Food Drive more impactful, and nutritious, than ever for our local food banks. Meals like these give kids the fuel they need to make the most of their summer:

  • Low-sodium canned vegetables and legumes
  • Dried or canned beans
  • Canned meat and fish
  • Whole-grain rice, pasta or other grains
  • Peanut butter
  • Applesauce
  • Canned meat
  • Olive, coconut, vegetable or canola oil
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Nuts
  • Powdered milk
  • Canned chili
  • Canned pasta sauce
  • Canned soup and stew
  • 100% juice drinks
  • Chicken or vegetable broth
  • Potatoes and onions
  • Corn starch
  • Baking soda or powder
  • Flour
  • Condiments like ketchup, mustard and salsa
  • Baby food

More hearty advice:
Here are a few friendly reminders for those donating to our Rhythm Restoration Food Drive:

  • We are unable to accept baby food or formula
  • Glass containers are not accepted
  • Food banks can make a dollar go much further than it does at the grocery store. You can donate money directly to food banks at CaliberDonations.com

With a little non-perishable know-how, the variety of foods at a food bank can become unexpectedly delicious meals. To make sure this year’s Rhythm Restoration Food Drive helps provide plenty of nutritious meals for kids, we’ll be distributing a Restoration Recipes cookbook that’s made-up of the shelf-stable foods available at food banks.

Check out the recipes below and see just how easy it can be to make a positive impact for the kids in your community. Stop by your local Caliber Center to donate a recipe’s ingredients, or donate the equivalent dollar amount online. Either way, you’ll be giving a family in need a complete, wholesome meal, and putting us on the road to restoring the rhythm of more lives than ever.

Restoration Recipes
Seven-Can Soup | $10.50
This chunky chili con queso has all the unique kick of a homemade bowl of chili, but it’s one of the simplest and most nutritious meals you can make from canned goods.

Pantry Puttanesca | $15.79
This food-bank-friendly and filling pasta dish puts a spin on spaghetti, taking its tangy flavors from capers and Kalamata olives.

Lazy Peach Cobbler | $8.50
A homemade fruit cobbler is the perfect end to any family dinner, and with just four ingredients, this one’s easy to put together at a moment’s notice.

Smothered Green Beans | $10.00
A southern staple, well-seasoned green beans with bacon make a hearty side next to any meaty main course.

Corned Beef-Rice Casserole | $10.50
In this dish, a few seasonings transform a bed of rice into a fully-stuffed, flavor-rich meal the whole family can enjoy.