Programs that supply infant formula and/or baby food, usually in addition to other groceries.
Food distribution programs that provide fruits, vegetables, baked goods, deli items, dairy products and other perishables. Some programs offer locally grown fresh foods as a part of a movement toward locally based food sustainability.
Programs that provide food that has been slaughtered (in the case of meat), stored and prepared in accordance with Islamic dietary laws.
Programs that provide food that has been slaughtered (in the case of meat), stored and prepared in accordance with Jewish dietary laws.
Programs that provide self-contained, flexibly packaged, precooked meals that were originally developed for the military but can also be purchased for camping or backpacking trips, boating excursions, search and rescue operations, remote retreats or other outdoor activities; or for use by people who want to add them to their emergency supplies. MREs are "wet packed" fully cooked, distributed in high-heat stable aluminum pouches with plastic laminate, and have a long shelf life without refrigeration. They are lightweight, easy to store and easy to use; and can be heated by any number of methods or eaten cold.
Programs that provide meat and produce that have been certified organic. Produce that has been grown for three years without the application of synthetic pesticides or chemicals, and livestock that has raised on organic feeds for at least a year are considered "organic".
Programs that provide food that is suitable for people who, because of food allergies or intolerances, medical problems or other issues, require a special diet, e.g., a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet for heart disease, a low-sodium diet for high blood pressure or a low-calorie diet for weight reduction.
Programs that provide food which is representative of cuisines from around the world.
Programs that provide food that excludes meat, poultry, game fish, shellfish or crustacea and slaughter by-products. Varieties of vegetarian food include vegan food (only foods of plant origin), pescatarian food (plant foods plus fish), lacto-vegetarian food (plant foods plus some or all dairy products) and lacto-ovo-vegetarian food (plant foods, dairy products and eggs). Vegetarian diets include grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits with or without the use of dairy products and eggs.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.