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Area food pantries looking for healthier foods

Pantries like Paul's Pantry in Green Bay are looking for healthier, non-perishable food items to be donated.
Green Bay, Wis.(WFRV)- A local health-minded organization is hoping to improve the quality of foods available in local food pantries.

With the winter months approaching they are promoting new guidelines for non-perishable donations known as the Food Drive Five.

While fruits and vegetables are in abundance now, many customers collect and can them. But over 4,500 families that use Paul's Pantry will soon need healthier choices when fresh foods are unavailable.

The new guidelines include:

(1) Protein foods: peanut butter, nuts, seafood and poultry

(2) Fruit: packed in juice, dried or sauced fruits

(3) Soups with protein and vegetables

(4) Whole grain cereal and pasta

(5) Colorful vegetables

Before donating people are also encouraged to take note of the "best by" or "sell by" dates listed on the items.

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