This time of year, when you attend a community event, concert, sporting event and school activities, you’re often asked to bring a long a canned good or other non-perishable item to donate to a local food pantry. It’s easy to grab a can of soup or box of pasta out of the pantry, but my local food bank has a list of items that are specifically needed during the holiday.

If you’re taking an item to donate to a food bank at this time of year, here’s a list that food banks need around Christmas.

  • Stuffing mix
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Canned yams
  • Gravy
  • Pie crust mix
  • Canned pie filling

Of course, all donations are welcome at food banks this time of year, or any time of year.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.