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Donate Food

How and What to Donate

The Food Bank depends upon donations from individuals and businesses. We will also work with you to organize a food drive. Check out our keys to coordinating a successful food drive.(PDF, 1MB).

With rising transportation costs making our ability to acquire food more difficult, we appreciate your ability to coordinate delivery of your food collection to our facility.

Children and Families

If you would like to get the young people in your life involved in helping the Food Bank, visit our Kids' Page and download a copy of "One Kid Can: Helping the Hungry." The booklet is filled with ideas for children and teenagers that can be organized in your neighborhood, community, school or other organizations.

Business and Organizations

If you would like to conduct a food or fund drive in your business or organization, check out our booklet of best practices, One Company Can. It will help you develop an effective plan to build teamwork at your workplace while making a real difference to hungry families in Rhode Island.

Our Most-Needed Non-Perishable Items


  • Peanut butter
  • Tuna
  • Canned and dried beans
  • Canned chili, soups and stews


  • Nutritious breakfast cereals
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Brown rice
  • Boxed macaroni & cheese
  • Granola bars
  • Cheese & cracker packages

Fruits & Vegetables

  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Dried fruit
  • Tomato sauce
  • Jams and jelly


  • Extra virgin olive oil

Please only donate food that is in good condition and "in date." Foods six months past their expiration are not accepted. Keep in mind that, when conducting a food drive, it is best to request foods that are within date to limit the potential for expired product.

Also, no homemade products or glass jars of baby food, please. Boxed cereals and formula are welcome if unopened and within date code.

We also accept the following from food distributors, growers and manufacturers:

  • Dry goods
  • Perishable items
  • Stored items
  • Frozen foods
  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Meat products
  • Cosmetically damaged products
  • Code-dated items
  • Discontinued or test-market Items
  • Unlabeled/mislabeled (if proper labels can be supplied) items
  • Private-label brands
  • Household items
  • Under- or overweight Items
  • Personal care items
  • Off-specification products

Drop donations at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information, contact Farris Maxwell at (401) 230-1690 or via email.