Food Donations

Donations of shelf-stable foods, frozen unprepared foods, and fresh produce, as well as other food related supplies can be brought to 311 Temple Street (north-side basement entrance).  Drop-off times are Monday-Thursday, 1:00-4:00 pm and Sunday (12:00-3:00 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 call us at (203) 624-6426.

Interested in hosting a Food Drive?  Scroll down for more information.

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 calling (203) 624-6426.

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)
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)
Relish (sweet & dill)
Olive Oil
Vegetable Oil


Call: (203) 624-6426

Food Drives

Are you interested in hosting a food drive for DESK at your office, school, or social club?  It’s a great way to provide some direct help and spread the word about the need!  We can help by drafting up a flyer (with our shopping list) for you.  Just fill out the form below, and we’ll be in touch.  Questions?  Email us or call at (203) 624-6426.  And feel free to use our brochure to share information about who we serve.

  • For example: "Room 227" or "In the coatroom" or "Ray's Office" or "In the breakroom"