PCC is continually collecting non-perishable food items for the Estelline Food Shelf. Just bring your items whenever you come to the PCC building and drop the items in the foyer.
You will also find there a list of needed items.. Please take a list home with you and donate regularly as you are able.
Here is the List:
ESTELLINE FOOD PANTRY
LIST OF ITEMS TO DONATE
While every donation of unexpired food is appreciated, there are items that these local food pantries and banks need more than others. And the reality is that every year volunteers for these pantries go through tons of donations, and often have lists of much needed items that people just don’t donate.
When these charities don’t get the needed donations they then have to find alternative funds to provide those items to the people in need in the community.
So this list is meant to help you provide not only what you have, but to really try to make a difference this year by providing what will help people the most. While I’ve tried to be thorough this list is just a beginning of items you can donate this year to meet the needs in our community.
Canned Vegetables to include: Corn, peas, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes/yams, tomatoes, baked beans, kidney beans (light or dark), pinto beans, black beans, lima beans, mixed vegetables, and also green beans (currently they have a lot of green beans in the pantry).
Canned Fruit to include: Peaches, pears, apples, pineapple, mandarin oranges, and applesauce. Dried fruits like raisins, cranberries, etc. Also single serve fruit cups or applesauce are perfect choices.
Other Items to include: Beef stew, canned chili, Spaghetti O’s, ravioli, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, Alfredo sauce, pizza sauce, salsa, taco sauce, BBQ sauce, olives, pickles, peanut butter, jelly, syrup, honey, coffee, tea (loose leaf or bags), etc.
Canned Soups to include: Tomato, chicken noodle, beef/beef noodle, cream soups such as cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, etc. Smaller can size preferred (10 oz.)
Dry Goods to include: Instant potatoes/boxed potatoes (all kinds), rice, dry beans, stuffing, pasta (all kinds), Ramen noodles, taco shells (hard or soft), pizza dough mix, cereal (boxes or bagged), oatmeal, pancake mix (those that you just add water), granola bars, popcorn, cookies, crackers (all types), chips, pretzels, peanuts or tree nuts, candy, etc.
Juice/Milk: Canned, bottled, or boxed 100% juice (apple, orange, grape, tomato, etc.) and boxed or carton (shelf-stable) milk.
Baking needs to include: Flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, salt, pepper, peanut butter, Jell-O, pudding mixes, cake mixes, muffin mixes, cookie mixes, frosting, chocolate chips, M&Ms, commonly used spices (such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cream of tartar, paprika, etc.), evaporated milk, maple syrup, corn syrup (light or dark), honey, cooking oil, cooking spray, etc. Also taco seasonings, gravy mixes, etc.
Meats to include: Canned tuna, chicken, beef, pork. Also shelf-stable packaged pepperoni.
Condiments to include: Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, salad dressing, parmesan cheese, etc.
Boxed Dinners (Any) (If donating a box dinner, please donate any canned meat that would correlate with the box dinner meal, i.e., tuna, chicken, etc. It would be so appreciated. Thank you).
Paper Products to include: Paper plates, napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, Kleenex, personal hygiene products for women, diapers, wipes, etc.
Cleaning Products to include: Dish soap, bathroom/kitchen cleaners, scrub pads, washcloths, towels, laundry soap, fabric softener, etc.
Personal hygiene to include: Shampoo, soaps, hand soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, deodorant, lotions, hand towels, washcloths, etc. Also socks and underwear are a good idea.
Here are some tips for giving…
Meal kits that don’t require extra ingredients.
Kits that include canned meat, canned sauce and pasta all in one box are great choices. This means the person receiving them can make them without having to purchase additional ingredients.
Pancake and muffin mix that only require water.
Special treats or easy breakfasts are much needed and appreciated, and one of the simplest is pancake or muffin mix that only requires you to add water. Mixes which require additional ingredients, such as oil or eggs, sometimes make it more difficult for a person or family to actually make the food item.
Canned soups and pasta meals.
Soups or even canned ravioli or pasta meals that don’t require anything other than a heat source to eat are excellent for those who have limited resources, including sometimes not a very well equipped kitchen. There are many places recipients of these donations may be able to heat up these types of meals, and many kids love them and it can provide a filling warm meal.
Tuna, chicken, salmon, Spam or similar types of meat are excellent choices for donation. Potted meat blends, sardines and similar choices are often donated because they are inexpensive, but these are really difficult to get a child to eat no matter how hungry they are. If you are actually choosing what to donate, as opposed to decluttering things from your own pantry, focus your donations towards those canned meats listed first which are more usable in a wider variety of recipes, and also are more kid friendly.
Variety of canned fruits.
Statistics say that food pantries really need more canned fruit. They often get fruit cocktail and pineapple, but peaches, pears and even cherries or tropical fruit blends would be welcomed.
Allergy friendly food options.
There are many people in need who have food allergies. Donating items that are gluten free, nut free, dairy free and overall allergy friendly is always beneficial for those those with specific food needs.
Basic staple pantry items.
Flour, sugar, cornmeal, rice, dry beans, oil, shortening, baking soda and powder, vanilla extract and seasonings of all kinds are always welcomed. Garlic, pepper, salt, chili powder, etc. can make a meal much more palatable.
Shelf stable milk.
Milk is hard to keep cold, but individual serving sizes of shelf stable milk are a great choice to donate. These are especially nice for families with kids who can’t always afford the milk their kids need.
100% pure juice is always needed at food pantries. This is often given to families of young children, and grabbing individual juice boxes makes it shelf stable and easier to portion.
Most Needed Non-Food Items To Donate:
There are also some non-food items that almost every food pantry would welcome having donated. Remember that your local food pantry may be providing not just a hot meal, but also support for paying bills, job placement or basic needs for low income or homeless families.
Household cleaning supplies and paper products.
Toilet paper, paper towels, bleach, sanitizing solutions, sanitizing wipes and basic cleaning supplies are very welcomed by those in need.
Feminine hygiene products.
Maxi pads, tampons, panty liners and even feminine wipes are all items that food pantries do hand out alongside the meals. The homeless and needy in our communities need these items desperately.
Baby diapers and wipes.
All sizes of baby diapers and wipes (unscented is best) can be useful for those families coming in with infants and toddlers. Additionally, things like baby wash, shampoo and diaper rash cream or new unused bottles, nipples and even formula that is in date are often welcomed.
Socks and underwear.
Socks are vital to those who are homeless and out on the streets, but clean underwear is another choice that people often overlook. From kid to adults in all sizes, this is a great choice for donating. And, please purchase these items new for donation, not used.
This list is lengthy, but next time you reach to donate something from your pantry to a local food pantry you will know just what they are really looking for and in need of. In addition, don’t hesitate to contact your local food pantries and shelters and ask specifically for their needs. They are always willing to let you know exactly what they are low on and could use at that time.