Donate Food

Summer Food Drive

During the summer, as children lose access to the healthy, nutritious meals they normally receive at school, their families have a greater pressure to seek food assistance.

To help fill the gap throughout the summer months, the Food Bank asks you to support the Summer Food Drive.

We need your help. You can host a food drive or donate funds.

Your gift today will help us acquire and distribute nutritious food to neighbors in need all Summer long. 

Download a Food Drive poster. (Print size is 11 x 17).

The Food Bank can provide posters and collection bins (pictured).

Here’s what you can do:

  • Barrel box crop webDrop off donations of non-perishable food any weekday (except holidays) from 8 am to 4 pm at the Food Bank, 200 Niantic Ave, Providence. Directions.
  • Organize a food drive in your neighborhood or at your school, business, or organization. We can provide posters and collection bins. Check out our One Company Can page.
  • Kids can help too! Visit our One Kid Can page to learn how young people can make a difference.
  • Make a financial donation to the Food Bank. Every dollar you give enables us to acquire three meals for a family in need of food assistance. You can also create an online fundraiser to make it easier for people to contribute to your drive.

Most-Needed Non-Perishable Food Items


Peanut butter

Whole wheat pasta
Tuna Brown rice
Canned & dried beans Boxed macaroni & cheese
Canned soups & stews Granola bars
Canned fruits & vegetables Tomato sauce 
Breakfast cereals Extra virgin olive oil

Please only donate healthy, nutritious 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.