Would you like to donate? Have you decided to prepare comforting food packages for children and parents? It feels good for both the giver and the receiver.
You may have considered filling the package with candies, cookies, sweet beverages, and more. However, it is essential to recognize that such choices can elevate stress levels and potentially contribute to attention disorders and dysfunction.
This is our way of satisfying people. However, during wartime, eating habits change significantly due to stress and disruptions.
Efsharibari offers to choose food that not only promotes health but also indulges in a delightful experience. Healthy nutrition is essential for enhancing physical and mental resilience, especially during emergencies.
When we want to comfort with cooked or fresh food, it is wonderful: cooked warm food, with soft texture, is tasty and easier to digest.
It is recommended to incorporate whole grains and legumes such as quinoa, lentils, rice, bulgur, Israeli couscous, pasta and buckwheat, as well as vine leaves stuffed with rice, and cooked dishes with vegetables.
In addition to cooked food, you can always add sliced vegetables as a snack, sliced fruits as a dessert, nuts and seeds (not for children under the age of 5), dried fruits, and halva.
It is essential to keep in mind that donating sensitive, cooked food increases the risk of food spoilage due to improper handling and transportation, along with sanitary risks and health hazards. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the following recommendations:
- Valid dry food that does not require refrigeration or freezing, in sealed, original packaging from a reputable brand.
- Valid ready-to-eat food that does not require refrigeration or freezing in sealed, original packaging from a reputable brand.
- Sealed and unexpired preserves with undamaged packaging and no signs of rust.
- Whole fruits and vegetables thoroughly washed and securely packed to prevent contamination.
- Pastries that maintain their sanitary quality without the need for heating or refrigeration.
- If you wish to purchase ready-to-eat food for immediate consumption from restaurants or catering companies, make sure that the company or restaurant has a valid business or manufacturer license:
- It is recommended to prefer individual packaging.
- Ensure that the transportation of the products follows standard delivery requirements, which include temperature monitoring. Refrigerated food should be kept at up to 5 degrees Celsius, and hot food should be maintained at 65 degrees Celsius at least.
- Leftover cooked food, whether hot or cold, will be thrown away.
- It is essential to maintain proper food storage to prevent humidity, contamination, and the presence of rodents and pests.