Donate Food

About 65% of all the food we distribute is donated by the public… individuals and families, schools and scout groups, civic groups, houses of worship, local organizations, etc. Please note the following when donating food:

  • Donations may be dropped off at 2 Executive Drive  Monday-Thursday, 9:30am-4:30pm. Special arrangements can be made by calling 973-538-8049 x217 in advance.
  • Please alert our staff if you are bringing ANY perishable items (i.e. refrigerated or frozen food, fresh produce, bread, etc.)
  • Certain foods may be used after their “use by” and “best by” dates. Leave it to our staff volunteers who have been trained in food safety to make the determination!
  • When you drop off the donation, please fill out your donation form completely and legibly so we can mail your acknowledgement.  This also serves as a tax receipt.
  • If you are donating more than a few bags of food we would appreciate knowing in advance what donations to expect and when.  Please call 973-538-8049 x217 to let us know your donation drop-off plans.

Current Needs

Shopping?  Take our printable everyday pantry needs list with you.

Updated: October 3, 2019
Please note: Items underlined in red are most needed

FRUITS & VEGETABLES – Look for fruit canned in its own juice or with “no sugar added”.  Look for vegetables with “low sodium” or “no salt added”

  • Canned Fruit
  • 100% Fruit Juice – (64 oz. used in Holiday Bags, 32 oz. preferred normally)
  • Spaghetti / Pasta Sauce, Tomato Products (sauce, crushed, whole, diced, paste, puree, etc.)
  • Canned Vegetables (except green beans)
  • FRESH PRODUCE from your garden (uncooked)

GRAINS – Donate whole grains as often as you can

  • Cereal – low sugar, high fiber
  • Oatmeal
  • Pasta
  • White Rice – 1 or 2 lb. sizes preferred

DAIRY – Donate shelf-stable low-fat (1%) or non-fat dairy products

  • Parmalat (shelf stable 32 oz size)
  • Dry Milk (1-qt. package)
  • Evaporated milk
  • Calcium-fortified Milk alternatives such as soy, rice or almond milks

PROTEIN – Look for “no salt added”, “low-sodium” and canned in water

  • Canned Beans pork and beans, pinto, red or white kidney, black beans; NOT green beans
  • Tuna Fish, Salmon and other canned fish
  • Peanut Butter – 18 oz preferred
  • Canned Meats and Mealsravioli, spaghetti & meatballs, hash, stew, canned chicken, chili, etc.


  • Instant Mashed Potatoes (used in Holiday Bags)
  • Stuffing Mix (used in Holiday Bags)
  • Rice-A-Roni, Pasta-Roni, etc.
  • Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, etc.
  • Macaroni & Cheese

SOUPS – Look for “low-sodium” and “Heart Healthy”

  • Condensed Varieties
  • Hearty Varieties


  • Enfamil Infant Formula-yellow, purple, blue (No Similac)
  • Baby Food (Fruits, Vegetables, Meats & Meals) – Stage 1 (Meats & Meals, Vegetables, Fruits), Stage 2 (Meats & Meals, Vegetable, Fruits), Stage 3 (Meats & Meals, Vegetables, Fruits)
  • Baby Cereal – Rice, Oatmeal
  • Diapers – Size N, Size 1, Size 2, Size 3, Size 4, Size 5, Size 6
  • Pull ups – Size 2T-3T, Size 3T-4T & Size 4T-5T
  • Baby Wipes


  • Reusable Grocery Shopping Bags – we give these to clients for use each visit
  • Brownie Mix (used for Holiday Bags)
  • Boost or Ensure, regular
  • Boost Glucose Control or Glucerna
  • Adult Depends
  • Tea (100 count boxes)
  • Resealable (i.e. Ziploc) sandwich bags and quart sized plastic bags
  • Empty Copy Paper Boxes (8.5″ x 11″) – we use these to sort and store the food donations in our warehouse
  • Water – 0.5 liter bottles
  • Gluten Free
  • Paper Towels