Food Outreach accepts individual donations of shelf-stable food. Because our clients are immunocompromised and highly vulnerable to food-borne illnesses, we ask that all in-kind donations meet the following guidelines:
We do not accept any food that has been cooked (ie. Leftovers from a catered corporate lunch).
Food items cannot be expired
Cans should not have any dents or damage
Food Outreach’s clients are on Medically Tailored diets. Therefore, we accept food items that have nutritional value.
Items may be off-brand/generic. They do not need to be a brand name (e.g. Campbells, Kellogs, etc.)
Grains (instant brown rice, long grain white rice, egg noodles, penne pasta, elbow pasta, spaghetti noodles, old-fashioned oats)
Low Sodium Soups (tomato, chicken noodle, cream of mushroom, cream of chicken)
Cereals (bran flakes, cheerios, corn flakes)
Healthy Fats (olive oil, almonds, peanuts)
We will gladly accept donated food items during our agency’s regular business hours.
“SPICE UP YOUR LIFE” WITH A SPICE DRIVE!
Spices can play a vital role in supporting individuals undergoing cancer treatment, offering a range of benefits that contribute to overall well-being. By incorporating spices into their meals, individuals undergoing cancer treatment can not only experience enhanced flavor but also enjoy a myriad of health benefits that contribute to a more comfortable and supportive healing journey. We encourage those interested in holding a spice drive to reach out to Alyssa Hilderbrand, Development Manager, at [email protected] or 314-652-3663 X 1121.
Spices We Accept:
Mrs. Dash Low-Sodium Seasonings
Crushed Red Pepper
*WE ASK THAT YOU PLEASE AVOID SALT AND OTHER SEASONINGS WITH HIGH SALT CONTENT*
When a client comes to Food Outreach for the very first time, our Registered Dietitians (RD) perform an initial intake with the client. During this intake, our RD’s ask a variety of questions about access to essential kitchen appliances such as a microwave, refrigerator, and can opener. When a client shares they do not have access to these items, we try to provide the items when we have them in stock through generous donations.
Food Outreach occasionally receives inquiries from trucking/distribution companies interested in donating pallet(s) of products that could not be delivered to local grocery stores. Due to Food Outreach’s limited warehouse capacity, we are not able to accept all donations. We prioritize accepting items that we can quickly incorporate into our Medically Tailored Meals and Groceries Program.
We encourage any distributors looking to offload an in-kind donation composed of large quantities of product to please contact Justin Kralemann, Sr. Director of Development at [email protected] or 314-652-3663 ext. 1117.