Food Donations account for 84% of the food that is distributed to the 41,471 individuals we serve each year.
You can drop off all donations during open hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
Please do not drop off items on Wednesdays and Saturdays as we are busy serving clients. Donations may be dropped off at the delivery window which is located near the children's play area. Please ring doorbell.
For large donations (especially a food drive), or to schedule an after-hours donation, please contact Senior Pantry Programs Manager, Monnette.
Can't make it to the pantry for drop off? Try one of these generous businesses that have offered to be drop off spots:
Colin Fane State Farm Insurance
Consider coordinating a specialized drive for our Home Delivery program. Contact our Programs Coordinator Daisy. Click here for a list of Home Delivery needs.
Or pick up a few of the listed current needs at any of our Rescue Partners.
Our food pantry distributes over 17,000 lbs of food each week to our neighbors in need and we couldn't do it without the support of our community. No matter if you have hundreds of pounds of food from your drive or just a few bags of groceries, we appreciate your donation of shelf stable healthy items. Together we can make a difference!
THINGS TO DOUBLE CHECK BEFORE YOU DROP OFF
- Are the items within their sell by/expiration date?
- Is the item still factory sealed and not open?
- Does the item fulfill our commitment to dignity? See below:
As an organization focused on ending hunger, we also focus on ending the inequities that lead to hunger—including those that disproportionately impact communities of color. We believe that the food and the food brands we distribute should reflect the dignity of all individuals. We do not accept brands with identities based on racial stereotypes. Some examples of these food brands include: Uncle Ben’s rice, Aunt Jemima syrup and pancake mix, and Mrs. Butterworth syrup.
- Peanut Butter & Jelly
- Canned Chicken Soup
- Cheerios’ Cereal
- Diced Tomatoes, Tomato Paste
- Bagged Rice (White or Brown)
- Refried and Dry Beans (Pinto and Black)
- Canned Pineapples
- Canned pinto and black beans
- Canned green peas
- Whole wheat pasta
If you’re a gardener, you’re surely no stranger to too many zucchinis. We gladly accept fresh-from-the-garden produce from local gardeners and community gardens. Or, when you’re planting your garden consider planting a row for the Food Pantry!
Donations can be dropped off at the Food Pantry during our regular donation hours.
For more information, contact our Pantry Programs Manager (708) 386-1324 ext. 1114.
Local grocery stores and retailers can help eliminate food waste by donating products that are nearing their expiration date, or those with minor cosmetic blemishes.
Logistics for managing food rescues are tailored to meet the needs of each retailer, and Food Pantry staff hold food safety handling certificates. Both state and federal ‘Good Samaritan’ laws protect both the donor retailers and the receiving agency from liability.
To join our Food Rescue program contact our Pantry Programs Manager (708) 386-1324 ext. 1114.
Thanks to our current Rescue Partners: