Food Outreach accepts individual donations of 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. Examples include canned fruits and vegetables, canned proteins, dry and canned beans, peanut butter, whole grain cereals, etc.
We will gladly accept donated food items during our agency’s regular business hours.
LARGE IN-KIND PRODUCT 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 call Steve Markley at 314-652-3663 X 1111.
VIRTUAL CANNED FOOD DRIVES
Beginning in 2020, Food Outreach phased-out our in-person canned food drives and moved to VIRTUAL food drives. Each year, Food Outreach partners with organizations, schools, and individuals to hold dozens of canned food drives across our region. The result is a cumulative donation of more than 70,000 cans!
This new format has all of the “ingredients” for success:
Safe social distancing through digital donations (1 can = $1.00)
Bigger impact by harnessing Food Outreach’s food buying power as an agency
Donors will enable us to purchase the types of healthy food we need the most
Additional program information can be found HERE. If you have any questions, please contact Alyssa Hilderbrand, Development Manager at [email protected]
Thank you for your interest in helping us purchase essential nutrition for our clients who are battling hunger in addition to their diagnosis of HIV or cancer!