Food & Supplies Donations

Donations of shelf-stable foods and fresh produce, as well as other supplies (see below) can be brought to 311 Temple Street (north-side basement entrance).  Drop-off times are Sunday-Thursday, 1:00-4:00 pm or by appointment.  Before bringing your donation, please check out our Shopping List below to ensure that the items you’d like to donate correspond with what our clients need.  If you have any questions, please email our Kitchen Manager, Meagan Howard, or call (203) 624-6426, ext. 6137.

Interested in hosting a Food Drive?  Learn more here.

Please note that we cannot accept most prepared food donations, primarily out of health and safety concerns.  We work with a few select “verified vendors,” with whom we have clear guidelines as to how, where, and by whom the food has been prepared, as well as how it has been transported.  If you have questions about this policy, please contact us via email.

For large donations, please contact us ahead of time by emailing or calling (203) 624-6426, ext. 6137

COVID-19 Response Shopping List

Canned Fruits (low-sugar)
Canned Vegetables (low-sodium)
Canned Soups (low-sodium)
Canned fish (tuna & salmon)
Canned meats (chicken & pork)
Rice (brown)
Cereal (low-sugar)
Canned Beans
Pasta (dry)
Individual Snacks (granola bars, chips, etc.)
Individual drinks (low sugar)
Ziploc Sandwich Bags
Paper Towels
Disposable Cutlery (plastic forks, knives, spoons)
Travel-size toiletries

Year-Round List

Re-usable Grocery Bags or Gently-Used Disposable Plastic Bags
Table Clothes (cloth, rectangular 8-foot )
Cat & Dog Food (canned, small bags of dry, or large bags with 1-gallon zip-lock bags)
Salt and Pepper (large containers)
Garlic (granulated, powder, or minced)
Spices (large containers): Oregano, Basil, Cumin, Chili Powder, Paprika (regular and smoked)
Salad Dressing (low-fat)
Ketchup
Mustard
Mayonnaise
Relish (sweet & dill)
Olive Oil
Vegetable Oil

 

Download a printable shopping list here.

Questions?
Email: info@deskct.org
Call: (203) 624-6426