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Learn More About MREs And How They Can Help The Homeless

Are you interested in helping your community? Do you want to provide food for those that may go without? MREs are one option that can help the homeless get the nourishment they need in a convenient package. Those that have heard about MREs before know that they are a great way to help others; they provide a full meal to someone that may be hungry or sick.

Facts About MREs

MRE is an abbreviation for "meal, ready to eat." It is a serving of food that is packaged in a durable container. The bags hold an entree, a drink, and a few smaller things to eat. The ingredients in each package vary, as different manufacturers do things differently. However, you can expect the following:

1. An Entree

There is a main dish inside the package, like spaghetti or beef stew.

2. A Side

There is a side dish inside the package, which is often a vegetable, a fruit, or a carbohydrate like mashed potatoes. 

3. A Drink

A drink is included and could be milk, coffee, tea or another type of beverage.

4. Dessert

Desserts normally consist of cookies or cakes.

You may also find bread, a sandwich spread like jelly, candy, seasonings and sauces and all the accessories you need to eat the meal. Finally, there is also a flameless ration heater, or FRH, which warms up the food.

MRE meals are designed to be nutritious. They normally contain about 1200 – 1300 calories and are a good mix of protein, fats and carbohydrates. 

In addition to feeding the homeless, there are other uses for MREs. Because they are made to last, they are a great product to keep stored in your home in case of an emergency. In addition, campers like to use MREs, particularly if they are hiking or setting up their camp away from civilization. MREs ensure that they have food if they need it.

If you do want to help the homeless in your area, donating MREs is a wonderful way to do that. You are providing a full meal for someone that they can take with them wherever they go. In addition, because MREs do not go bad for a while, you can purchase them in bulk and then give them out as you see fit. For example, if you are driving to the store, and you see a homeless person on the side of the road, you can pull out one of the meals and give it to them to enjoy later.

Learn more about how to help homeless people with MREs here