National Bean Day

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Hip Hip Hooray, today is National Bean Day!

Beans are a healthy, versatile and affordable food. High in antioxidants, fiber, protein, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc, beans may decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity. Not to mention, beans are easily stored, nonperishable, and can be prepared and enjoyed in numerous ways.

Kidney beans, black beans, white beans, red beans, pinto beans, chick peas and lentils are all great choices to add this nutritional food into your diet. Make it easy by using canned, precooked beans to eliminate the need to soak overnight and reduce cooking times. Power up recipes you already use by adding beans. Simply add beans to tacos, casseroles or stews or make chili more interesting by using several different kinds of beans.

Canned beans are one of the Food Bank’s most needed items. The prolonged economic downturn has deeply affected San Diego County. With an unemployment rate hovering around 9%, continuing job layoffs, home foreclosures and rising food and gas prices, tens of thousands of additional families and fixed-income seniors are turning to the Food Bank for help. Foods high in protein allow us to provide nutritious meals for these people in need every month.

You can help by making a food donation at our Miramar warehouse location or any of our participating drop-off sites throughout San Diego.