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Grandmother's Basic Food Needs

Basic Items For Grandmothers

These items may be purchased and sent directly to your Elder at any time. Many of these items are included in the Rainbow Food Boxes that are delivered during our semi-annual foodruns (Spring and Fall).

Grains & Cereals:

  • Spaghetti Noodles
  • Oatmeal Cereal
  • Cream of Wheat
  • Raman Noodles
  • Cornflakes
  • Graham Crackers
  • Saltine Crackers

    Protein: (Please NO tuna or seafoods -- these are not traditional foods the Elders are familiar with or eat very often.)

    • Beef Stew
    • Spam (the Elder's favorite!)
    • Corned Beef
    • Pork & Beans
    • Peanut Butter
    • Vienna Sausages

    Vegetables & Soups:

    • Canned Sweet Corn
    • Canned Yams
    • Campbell's Soups
    • Raman Noodles


    • Canned Peaches
    • Fruit Cocktail
    • Canned Pears


    • Lipton Tea
    • Coffee
    • Jell-O
    • Cookies
    • Equal (sugar substitute)

    Bluebird Flour Staples:

    • Salt
    • Baking Powder (an essential ingredient for making traditional fry bread)
    • Powdered Milk
    • Shortening
    • Bluebird Flour (this is a special flour the Elders use to make traditional fry bread and tortilla breads that are served with most meals)

    Nonfoods and Homecare Items:

    • BenGay
    • Vaseline
    • Vick's Vaporub
    • Hand Lotion

    Paper Goods and Household Itesm:

    • Paper plates
    • Paper Cups
    • Plastic Utensils
    • Dish Towels & Cloths
    • Hot Pads
    • Aluminum Foil
    • Batteries (all sizes, but especially 6 volt, C and D sizes)